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2018-01-20 17:04:39   •   ID: 1710

A Paleolithic Zinken

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is a large (7 cm long), slightly curved classic Zinken, with abrupt retouches creating a long bec, made of Nordic Flint. As an isolated stray-find from N-Germany it is suggestive of an Hamburgian background.

The blank was made from an unipolar core by soft hammer technique.

It has to be remembered, that the standard Hamburgian assemblages always contain blade blanks struck from single and opposed double cores shaped by soft hammer techniques.

Anyhow, the diagnostic clues of this culture the association of Shouldered points and Zinken, often double Zinken together with endcrapers manufactured exclusively on blades, often with lateral retouching, as well as burins, predominantly on a truncation, truncated blades and combined tools.

Zinken per se are not specific for the Hamburgian. They are found in northern Germany within the context of the Hamburgian but also in some Federmesser assemblages (“Rietberg facies”) and in Southern Scandinavia within the context of Bromme assemblages.

Rarely, even Mesolithic Zinken have also been recognized. Further South-West Zinken are occasional components of the Magdalenian at Petersfels, Winznau/Käsloch  and of the “Facies Cepoy-Marsagny” in France.

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