Hand axes "Ertebølle"
The Ertebølle culture, end of the Mesolithic period ca 5400 BC - 3950 BC, private collection from Denmark.
The absolutely gorgeous flint tools are from the hunter-gatherer and fisher, pottery-making culture dating to end of the Mesolithic period. Ertebølle culture was concentrated in Southern Scandinavia and was replaced the earlier Maglemosian (9000-6400 BC) and Kongemosen culture (6400-5400 BC). The Ertebølle population settled on promontories, near or on beaches, on islands and along rivers and estuaries away from the dense forests. The Ertebølle population derived its living chiefly from the sea. They prospered, grew healthy and multiplied on a diet of fish. They were masters of inland waters, which they traversed in paddled dugouts. Their materials were mainly wood, with bone, antler and flint for functions requiring harder surfaces. Pottery was manufactured from native clays tempered with sand. Shortly after 4100 BC the Ertebølle began to expand along the Baltic coast at least as for as Rugen. Shortly thereafter it was replaced by the Funnelbeaker culture.
The beautiful pointed hand axes consists of broad, flat handles and thinner trimmed flat points. Good condition. Age-related wear and fractures. Dirt and soil. Size approx. 8,0cm x 6,0cm and 6,0cm x 4,5cm. Sell as a pair.