8th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster abstract – Ospowicz

Mesolithic curved knives from Polish Lowland Osipowicz

Mesolithic “curved knives” from Polish Lowland. Remarks from use wear analysis and experimental studies

Grzegorz Osipowicz

Institute of Archaeology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Szosa Bydgoska 44/48, 87-100 Toruń, Poland

A PDF of this poster is available to download here.

Based on experimental studies and microscopic observations, usewear research aims to establish a functional classification of flint tools. Yet sometimes, it also preoccupies with identification of objects with traces of use not known from any recognized or classified material. The so-called curved knives identified by the presence of a specific type of polish are such products, previously known only from the Western-European assemblages. They are dated to the late Mesolithic and early Neolithic in the West usually associated with  Kongemose, Ertebølle and Linear Band Pottery cultures. This study aims to present the first tools of this type that was recently identified in Polish collections, along with a preliminary analysis of use-wear traces recognized and some remarks of their function based on the results of experimental studies conducted.

Van Gijn A. L., 2010, Flint in focus, Lithic Biographies in the Neolithic and Bronze Age, Leiden.

Juel Jensen H., 1994, Flint Tools and Plant Working, Hidden Traces of Stone Age Technology, A use wear study of some Danish Mesolithic and TRB implements, Aarhus.

Osipowicz G., 2010, Narzędzia krzemienne w epoce kamienia ziemi chełmińskiej. Studium traseologiczne.

This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and High Education project N° NN109 226140

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