Hunting beneath the waves. Bone and antler points from North Sea Doggerland off the Dutch coast

  • geschrieben von Luc Amkreutz, Merel Spithoven
  • Untersuchungen und Materialien zur Steinzeit in Schleswig-Holstein
  • Band: 10
  • 1. Auflage
  • 29,7 x 21,5 cm
  • 408 Seiten
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 31.03.2020
  • doi 10.23797/9783529018619-16

Die Reihe wird herausgegeben vom Museum für Archäologie Schloss Gottorf und vom Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie (ZBSA) in der Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig.

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chapter 1 (pp. 15–111)

Re-evaluation of the site Hohen Viecheln 1

chapter 2 (pp. 113–126)

Radiocarbon dating bone and antler artefacts from Mesolithic Hohen Viecheln (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany)

chapter 3 (pp. 127–162)

The osseous technology of Hohen Viecheln: A Maglemosian idiosyncrasy?

chapter 4 (pp. 163–177)

An evaluation of the antler headdress evidence from Hohen Viecheln

chapter 5 (pp. 179–192)

Nordic Visits to Hohen Viecheln, Mecklenburg

chapter 6 (pp. 193–201)

The Mesolithic bone industries of northeast Germany and their geo-archaeological background

chapter 7 (pp. 203–238)

Early Mesolithic bone points from Schleswig-Holstein

chapter 8 (pp. 239–254)

Early Mesolithic hunting strategies for red deer, roe deer and wild boar at Friesack 4, a three-stage Preboreal and Boreal site in northern Germany

chapter 9 (pp. 255–262)

Lost at the bottom of the lake. Early and Middle Mesolithic leister points found in the bog Rönneholms Mosse, southern Sweden

chapter 10 (pp. 263–287)

Points of bone and antler from the Late Mesolithic settlement in Motala, eastern central Sweden

chapter 11 (pp. 289–303)

The Early Mesolithic fisheries of southern Scandinavia

chapter 12 (pp. 305–318)

The Early Mesolithic bone and antler industry in Latvia, eastern Baltic

chapter 13 (pp. 319–339)

Early Mesolithic barbed bone points in the Volga-Oka interfluve

chapter 14 (pp. 341–365)

Bone and antler projectile points from the Meso-Neolithic site Zamostje 2, Moscow region, Russia

chapter 15 (pp. 367–382)

Early Mesolithic bone projectile points of the Urals

chapter 17 (pp. 419–432)

Understanding the bone and antler assemblages from Star Carr

chapter 18 (pp. 405–418)

Excavations at Star Carr: past and present

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Bone and antler barbed points form one of the most common categories of finds from the submerged prehistoric
landscape of the North sea, also known as ‘Doggerland’. They are usually found in redeposited sediments
from the off-shore coastal zone. Some 30 years ago a first analysis of these hunting weapons was published,
based on more than 400 finds. Meanwhile their numbers have doubled and verge on 1000, making them one
of the larger artefact groups from this relatively unknown area. Also the number of sites from which these
points derive has increased due to coastal reinforcement and the extension of Rotterdam harbour. Gradually
more information is becoming available that these points can contribute to inter-site distinctions and different
subgroups. While there is a need for further dating and chronological control, this find group, in combination
with for instance characteristic lithic finds and human remains, might in the future provide a better grip on
the communities of hunter-gatherers that inhabited this area. This is of particular importance since within the
spectrum of finds there are two size groups. The smaller points, of a length of up to 88.5 mm, appear to form
a separate group of points in the find spectrum of Western and Northern Europe.

Amkreutz, L.; Spithoven, M.: Hunting beneath the waves. Bone and antler points from North Sea Doggerland off the Dutch coast, 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. 383–404, DOI: 10.23797/9783529018619-16.

Merel Spithoven