Seller: palatina (4,980) 100%, Location: Heidelberg, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 361839868802 NORTHERN EUROPEAN STONE AGE ARTIFACTS BY PALATINA AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED Description This terrific Northern European stone artifact is called "Hammerstone / crushing stone / retoucher of flint". Belonging to the Mesolithic Ertebolle Ellerbek Culture 5400-4000 bc. Hammerstones of flint with abrasions showing that they were used as hammer-stones for striking or crushing. Flaking by stones is the so called "hard technique" of flint flaking. Found everywhere in Palaeolithic, Mesolithic cultures in Denmark and abroad. One of the first large Nordic cultures was the Ertebolle culture (also known as Ertebølle or Ellerbek), this culture came into existence at the end of the Mesolithic period around 6400 BC and lasted to 4000 BC. The center of the Ertebolle culture is believed to have been Denmark but this people also lived in southern Scandinavia, Finland, northern Germany and Poland, and the Netherlands, which was roughly the same area as where later the Funnelbeaker people and the Germans lived. The Ertebolle people mainly lived from hunting, gathering, and fishing, they used stone tools and left large piles of shells ( kitchen middens ) at the beaches that are still there today, the shells may have been left there as offerings to a seagod though a more plausible explanation is that they simply used such places to dump their waste. The Ertebolle culture probably also believed in an afterlife because they buried their dead in cemetaries with gravegifts, in Sweden archeologists have even found dog burials like for instance the one in Skateholm, the Ertebolle people also made woodcarvings and used canoes for fishing. Provenance is an old collection. More details will follow the artifact. I guarantee absolutely for the authenticity of this beautiful Stone Age flint tool. Please view also my other auctions with relics from the European Prehistory.