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Archaeologists Uncover 9,000-Year-Old Underwater Stone Age Settlement

Monday, November 14, 2016 21:09
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Archaeologists Uncover 9,000-Year-Old Underwater Stone Age Settlement

Six years ago, divers discovered the oldest known stationary fish traps in northern Europe off the coast of southern Sweden. Since then, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have uncovered an exceptionally well-preserved Stone Age site. They now believe the location was a lagoon environment where Mesolithic humans lived during parts of the year.

Stone Age fish straps.

Stone Age fish straps. Source: Video screenshot / Lund University

Other spectacular finds include a 9,000-year-old pick axe made out of elk antlers. The discoveries indicate mass fishing and therefore a semi-permanent settlement.

“As geologists, we want to recreate this area and understand how it looked. Was it warm or cold? How did the environment change over time?” says Anton Hansson, PhD student in Quaternary geology at Lund University.

9,000-year-old Elk antler pick axe.

9,000-year-old Elk antler pick axe. Source: Video screenshot / Lund University

Changes in the sea level have allowed the findings to be preserved deep below the surface of Hanö Bay in the Baltic Sea.

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