Fresh New Site, 5000 Years Old


People in the Lake Mälaren area were on to Neolithisation immediately, with agriculture and stock breeding and pottery and sedentary life, when the package became available around 4000 cal BC. But then they said “oh, screw it” and spent most of the the Middle Neolithic as seal hunters and fishers again. My Stone Age bros Roger Wikell and Mattias Pettersson have descended from their Mesolithic heights (post-glacial land uplift and shore displacement, remember) and are now looking at Middle Neolithic sites in locations that were quite extreme at the time — way, way out in the Baltic. And you had to travel by canoe to get there. The above finds are from a new site M&P discovered on just north of the Gålö peninsula earlier today! 5000 years old, pottery-making seal hunters of the Pitted Ware culture, you saw them here first. And tomorrow I’m joining the guys out there for some digging.


  1. #1 J-Dog
    September 2, 2009

    That’s not workin’
    That’s the way to do it!
    Diggin’ for nothin’ and shards for free!

    Good on you – congratulations.

  2. #2 ArchAsa
    September 3, 2009

    That is great! Elevation? Is the pottery poriferous or not? Comb stamp or drawn lines?

    C’mon – I need more. Grab Roger by the ear and shake hin around a bit until something falls out.

  3. #3 Alan
    September 6, 2009

    Archaeological oddities: is it possible, that in some
    cave next to the bison paintings, there is a preserved
    patch of clay that was mud 30,000 years ago when the
    cave dwellers were commenting on how well they had burned
    today’s catch on the fire? That is, a preserved
    linguisitc sound record from human prehistory?

  4. #4 Martin R
    September 6, 2009

    A stationary mud splash wouldn’t record sound. It has been suggested that pottery on a potter’s wheel might record sound, but so far nobody’s managed extract any recording.

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