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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Epipaleolithic bow and paddle found at Sweden

Archaeology in Europe
points me to this news story of central Sweden, where archaeologists have found particularly interesting artifacts belonging to the Epipaleolothic ("Mesolithic") period.

The artifacts, dating to 9000 BP (when early European Neolithic was still coalescing in Greece) include the wooden parts of a bow, a paddle and the shaft of an axe. These findings of wooden materials are very rare for this period but some similar ones (including parts of a logboat) were already known of in nearby Denmark (Maglemose culture).

These new discoveries were found at Motala, near Lake Vättern, where the paddle would have seen some use, I can imagine.

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