Danish Neolithic. Flint dagger, fish tail shape Danish Neolithic. Flint dagger, fish tail shape. L. 17 cm. Width: 3.2 mm. Traces of glue at the butt.
Type: V. 2.350 - 1.800 BC.
Over 4000 years Old
Rare and Unik
How does one date a flint dagger?
In the Dagger Period, at the end of the Neolithic era, the magnificent flint daggers were popular. Although the flintworkers were conservative and bound by tradition, they were also open to new currents of fashion. The appearance of the flint daggers therefore changed over time. Using these changes in the design archaeologists can divide them into six dagger types that can be dated relatively narrowly. It is mainly the hilts that distinguish the types.
The Neolithic flint daggers are classified in six main types, each with a number of sub-types
The flint daggers of late Neolithic Denmark are some of the most technically complex stone tools in the world. An experimental approach was utilized to evaluate the production technology and related archaeological implications of the type Ic flint dagger, one of the earliest Danish dagger forms. The experiments suggest that although a relatively simple tool kit was probably employed to create these remarkable implements, a high degree of technical proficiency working flint was necessary to complete each discrete production step. Because of this technical complexity as well as the apparent staged nature of type Ic production, the makers of these daggers were probably specialists who participated in every aspect of the production process. Furthermore, the experiments indicate that sites where these specialist flintworkers produced type Ic flint daggers can only be identified using a broad suite of morphological debitage characteristics, and not the presence of any single debitage characteristic alone
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