Tag Archives: Federmesser

Curved and Backed : Azilian / Federmesser of the North European Plain

  This is a 3,5 cm long pen-knife (Federmesser) from the Leudal area in South Limburg / NL, an area already introduced during an earlier post (see below). The Federmesser complex is part of the Pan-West and Central European Azilian. … Continue reading

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Lateglacial short-time pioneer human re-colonization of southern Scandinavia?

These are some of Late-glacial artifacts, found together during the 1940ies in the Hesselager region (Fyn; Denmark). While one artifact resembles a broken Ahrensburg-point, the others are chronological insensitive endscrapers and a burin. Interestingly there are some becs / Bohrers … Continue reading

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Federmesser-Ensembles in Westphalia during the Allerød interstadial

This is a 42 mm long projectile point from a “Federmesser” scatter in Westpahlia. While the Rhine valley Federmesser encampments are well known in the international literature, less has been published about the sites in Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia encompasses the plains … Continue reading

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Azilian / Federmesser from the Reinhausen Forest (Lower Saxonia)

After I moved from Vienna to Germany in 1974, I often visited Rock shelters in the Reinhausen Forest south of the City of Göttingen (Lower Saxony, Central Germany) together with my girlfriend. Being inspired by the numerous Abris in the Vezere valley, we began … Continue reading

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Azilian from the Roc d’Abeilles rock shelter

These are three broken Azilian bi-points from the Espitalié collection excavated at the”Roc d’Abeilles” rock shelter in Dordogne. The Azilian (s.s) is an industry of the Epipaleolithic in northern Spain, France and Switzerland. It was first described from the large … Continue reading

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Northern German Epipaleolithic

These artifacts (truncated blades, burins, short scrapers) were found as a surface scatter near Bad Segeberg at the Warder-lake in Schleswig Holstein. This ensemble would fit into an inventory of the so called Federmesser- (‘penknife’) group (Schwabedissen, 1954) which is … Continue reading

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Bromme Point

Bromme Point from the Type Site. Analysis of these projectile points indicates that they comprised an excellent and efficient hunting weapon when used as spear heads. They were too heavy weighted for being arrow points. We have evidence of four … Continue reading

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