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New ichthyoarchaeological data from the Mesolithic lakeshore settlement site of Friesack IV

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Publication details

Title of host publicationSubsistenz und Umwelt der Feuchtbodenstation Friesack 4 im Havelland
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Jun 2016
DatePublished (current) - 22 Sep 2016
PublisherBrandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege
EditorsBenecke Norbert, Gramsch Bernhard, Jahns Susanne
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-3910011779

Publication series

NameArbeitsberichte zur Bodendenkmalpflege im Lande Brandenburg
PublisherBrandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege
ISSN (Print)1436-249X


Friesack 4 is arguably one of the most renowned lakeshore settlements in northern Europe spanning from the Early Mesolithic (Maglemose) to the Early Neolithic (Funnel Beaker) periods. Owing to this particularly long chronology, the analysis of the fish remains provides an opportunity to identify change and continuity in the site’s economy over the duration of occupation, from ca. 9330 to 3380 cal BC.
This contribution presents the results of a study conducted on the fish remains that were recovered from the refuse zone of the site. The results from this study were compared with contemporaneous sites throughout northern Europe, and contribute significantly to our understanding of aquatic resource exploitation throughout the entire Mesolithic period, and in particular from an inland site.
Fish remains were quantified and total fish lengths estimated. This revealed the relative importance of particular species (with wels catfish being especially well-represented) and additionally provided an insight into the possible fishing methods employed and season(s) of capture. The data demonstrate that the assemblage was anthropogenic since butchery marks were present on several specimens as well as the presence of one perforated vertebra. Overall it would appear that a change in the exploitation of fish throughout the course of occupation occurred, concluding with a developed technique targeting wels catfish in the youngest occupation phase.

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