Peter Vang Petersen. Flint fra Danmarks Oldtid. 155 pages, rigt illustreret
The chance of finding flint in Denmark is very large - greater than most people imagine. In fact, one does not even have to be lucky.
Archaeologically, Denmark is a rich country - our ancestors have left extremely many traces, and with a little patience (and the necessary permission) you can find antiquities on most fields and beaches. It abounds with flint waste, which was originally finely processed and useful tools such as arrow and spearheads, fishing hooks, axes, clubs, knives, seals and swords.
This fourth edition of Flint from Denmarks Antiquity contains important additions to our knowledge of the different types of flint. Eg. the characteristic red flint from the island of Heligoland in the North Sea, which according to new research has been in particular demand for tool making.
From the small island in the North Sea, axes and daggers have been exported throughout the Peasant Stone Age, and in addition to Northern Germany, Helgolandflint can also be found in Southern Jutland.
The book also shows new finds of hand tools, which emphasize that most flint tools originally had shafts of wood, bast and similar organic material, and that such rare finds are extremely important for understanding the original function of the different types of flint tools.
Flint from Denmarks Antiquity provides the necessary background knowledge about the ancient cultures in Denmark and about flint as a raw material, and the book tells about the basic areas regarding the type classification, production, use, age and rarity of antiquities.
The book will therefore be an invaluable help to anyone who is interested in the language of the flint it has the character of the field handbook and makes it possible to put findings into the right context and perspective.