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Book Review: Die Knochen- und Geweihgeräte der Feddersen Wierde by Katrin Struckmeyer

Wietske Prummel (NL)
The purpose of this book, which was originally presented as a dissertation at Hamburg University, is to present the 1,293 bone, antler, horn and ivory tools that were found at the terp settlement Feddersen Wierde in the coastal area of Lower Saxony, Germany, and to decide on the possible functions of the tools.

Conference: III Congrès internacional d’arqueologia experimental

Sara Graziano (IT)
From 17 - 19 October 2011 in Banyoles, Spain, the third international congress of experimental archeology took place, organized by the Asociacion Experimenta. Banyoles 2011 was a very intense conference, with over 50 speakers in three days, the quality of presentations was particularly high, as well as the presence of young, skilled and passionate researchers...

How heavy is a mammoth tusk? What is its value (CH)?

We have never weighed the tusk in the museum in Zug, but it is this heavy, it has to be carried by two people. The value cannot be expressed in money as it is of scientific nature...

How does one know, how to exhibit a skeleton (CH)?

The many - often very tiny - bones of a displayed skeleton can be very confusing. But nowadays people know a lot of the human skeleton and people know all the bones. With help of specially trained people, the anthropologists, skeletons are assembled correctly.

What tools were used to work mammoth tusks, bones and so on? Did people use special tools for prehistoric art (CZ)?

We do not know about any special tools or more exactly we cannot recognize them. Prehistoric craftspeople and artists probably used tools common to their time; of course they could have had their own tools made especially for such use...

What was the state of hygiene and health care in a lake fortress (LV)?

The lake fortress had a privy and a bathhouse or sauna, located on the perimeter of the complex. Hair was combed with bone and antler combs, and with combs made of pig bristles. Clothes were washed by beating...

Was there a division of roles in the early Middle Ages (NL)?

There was a traditional division of roles. Women in general took care of the children. They herded and milked the cattle and sheep and fed the chickens. Shaving sheep, plucking wool,...

Neolithic bone beamers from Hungary

KLEK, M., and A. M. CHOYKE, "Neolithic bone beamers from Hungary", Bulletin of Primitive Technology, vol. 41, Utah, Society of Primitive Technology, pp. 29-32, 2011.

Bones Thrown into a Water-Hole

BACKE, M., B. EDGREN, and F. HERSCHEND, "Bones Thrown into a Water-Hole", Journal of European Study Group on Physical, Chemical, Biological and Mathematical Techniques Applied to Archaeology, vol. Pact 38, issue Sources and Resources. Studies i Honour of Arrhenius: Rixensart, pp. 327-342, 1993.

Conference: International Öguf-Symposium 2010

Alexandra Krenn-Leeb (AT)

Prehistory and Early History (ÖGUF) took place 27-30 October at The Museum for Natural History in Vienna under the patronage of State Captain and Mayor of Vienna Dr. Michael Häupl – and the general director of the Museum for Natural History Vienna, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Köberl. Theme was experimental archaeology: theory, practice, science, education...

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