Early Mesolithic barbed bone points in the Volga-Oka interfluve

  • Written by Mikhail G. Zhilin
  • doi: 10.23797/9783529018619-13

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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 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 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 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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Complex research on various barbed points from early Mesolithic sites in the Volga-Oka interfluve showed that
they were the heads of different categories of hunting weapons, mostly projectiles. Analyses of their shape, size
and use-wear traces made it possible to single out arrowheads, javelin or leister points, throwing and thrusting
spearheads and harpoons. The earliest of them emerge in the first half of the Preboreal period, but the full flourishing
of various categories of barbed weapons is observed during the late Preboreal to early Boreal periods
and later. Some types and variants are numerous and have a long history, while others are represented only
by single finds. The former represent more or less standard mass products, while the latter can be treated as
experimental artefacts which played no significant role. Together with other types of bone and antler hunting
weapons barbed projectile points played an important role in subsistence strategies of the Early Mesolithic population
of the Volga-Oka interfluve and their adaptation to the forest environment during the early Holocene.

Zhilin, M.G.: Early Mesolithic barbed bone points in the Volga-Oka interfluve, 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. 319–339, DOI: 10.23797/9783529018619-13.

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