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Seller: palatina (5,644) 100%, Location: Heidelberg, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 362452487707 Combined shipping is possible! EUROPEAN PREHISTORIC ARTIFACTS BY PALATINA AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED! This wonderful Mesolithic flint artifact is a "Genuine Flake Knife". These knives occur in the Mesolithic Kongemose - (6400-5400 bc) and older Ertebølle - Ellerbek cultures (5400-4000 bc). Found at settlement sites and graves. During the Mesolithic period (c.9300-4000 BC) after the end of the ice age, hunters spread across the extensive area which connected Denmark to England during the Continental period. The forest was relatively light in the beginning with bison, wild horses, elk and aurochs. In time, the forest became more dense and red deer and roe-deer became the commonest game. Settlements were often situated near the edges of lakes which have since become bogs. In the east of Denmark, the peat in these bogs has preserved a rich variety of weapons and tools, bones from slaughtered animals and the remains of dwellings, including hut floors made of wood and bark. During the Atlantic period, 6400-4000 BC, the sea level rose so much that the northern parts of Denmark were divided into islands, and deep fiords cut into the landscape. A dense forest dominated by limetrees spread across the land. The population was found mostly near the coasts and lived on fish and shellfish, supplemented by hunting and sealing. Food scraps were piled up in kitchen middens which contained huge numbers of oyster shells. Grave finds bear witness to care and respect for the dead. Blades on which part of one side edge ("the back") is blunted for the finger. Presumably used as knives, unhafted. Usually between 4 and 12 cm and of a good blade. The Genuine Blade Knife is chipped oblique at the fore end, and only blunted there. Provenance is an old collection. More details will follow the artifact. I guarantee absolutely for the authenticity of this beautiful knife. Please view also my other auctions with relics from the European Prehistory. etope-lister

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