The present study deals with notched and fine-barbed bone points from the area of today’s Schleswig-Holstein,
including finds from the Gottorf Archaeological Museum ’ s collection, local museums’ collections and from
private collections. In Schleswig-Holstein, such bone points were first recorded by G. Schwantes in situ at the
Mesolithic Duvensee sites in the 1920s. About 20 years later, similar points were discovered by H. Schwabedissen
during new excavations at Duvensee. Since then, they have been named ‘Duvensee points’ or ‘type 2’ points
according to J. G. D. Clark’s typology (1936). A number of single finds have been found since then; however,
excavations of early Mesolithic sites of substantive importance due to the preservation of organic cultural remains
outside of the Duvensee peat bog are still lacking in Schleswig-Holstein. In general, notched bone points
are associated with the early Mesolithic Maglemose culture in Southern Scandinavia and Northern Germany
(Northern European lowland), but only a small number has been directly dated by radiocarbon analysis yet.
The points presented here were classified metrically and morphologically, similar to the method presented in
the study of points from Hohen Viecheln (Gross et al., this volume). Moreover, due to the importance of the
material as a possible marker of social territories, a complete mapping of 49 finds from c. 30 sites was realised,
and twelve points were directly dated.
Hartz, S.; Lübke, H.; Groß, D.: Early Mesolithic bone points from Schleswig-Holstein, in: Gross et al. (edd.), Working at The Sharp End at Hohen Viecheln, Untersuchungen und Materialien zur Steinzeit in Schleswig-Holstein und im Ostseeraum, Vol. 10, pp. 203–238, DOI: 10.23797/9783529018619-7.