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

  • Written by Olga Lozovskaya, Vladimir Lozovski
  • Untersuchungen und Materialien zur Steinzeit in Schleswig-Holstein und im Ostseeraum
  • volume: 10
  • 1. Auflage
  • 29,7 x 21,5 cm
  • 408 pp.
  • Release date: 31.03.2020
  • doi: 10.23797/9783529018619-14

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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 15 (pp. 367–382)

Early Mesolithic bone projectile points of the Urals

chapter 16 (pp. 383–404)

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

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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Projectile points as a major implement of the economic prosperity of ancient people have always been an
important indicator for evaluating cultural traditions, chronological attributes, hunting and crafting skills.
The Mesolithic and Neolithic (without agriculture) periods of the Eastern European forest zone are no exceptions
either. Complex socio-economic processes of the 7th millennium cal. BC, which took place in the Upper
Volga region before the expansion of pottery production and later in the Early and Middle Neolithic, were
reflected in a wide variety of types of hunting weapons. The site Zamostje 2, located in the floodplain of the
Dubna River, has a clear stratigraphy of Late Mesolithic and Neolithic layers; the wet deposition conditions
of archaeological layers ensured a very good preservation of a large bone assemblage. Projectile points – 574
pieces in total – can be divided into three main categories: spearheads, arrowheads and harpoons. Besides,
we also distinguish groups of barbed points and slotted tools. In this paper, we present in detail the variability
of hunting equipment made of bone, as well as the principal types of points and their variants, we identify
common and cultural-chronological traits as well as some characteristic features of production and use. This
is the first complete summary and analysis of all currently available projectile points collected at this site.

Lozovskaya, O. and Lozovski, V.: Bone and antler projectile points from the Meso-Neolithic site Zamostje 2, Moscow region, Russia, 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. 341–365, DOI: 10.23797/9783529018619-14.

Olga Lozovskaya

Vladimir Lozovski