Fishing with lure hooks at the Late Neolithic site of Vinca - Belo Brdo, Serbia
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The authors present an early evidence for the use of complex fishing techniques for obtaining variable fish resources in prehistoric south-east Europe as recovered at the Neolithic site of Vinta Belo Brdo in Serbia. In particular, a group of bone artefacts have been analysed through the application of an integrated approach combining technological, use-wear, and residue analyses as well as the comparisons with ethnographic artefacts. The results of the functional analysis indicate that these artefacts were parts of lure hooks, i.e. composite hooks, probably used to catch large predatory fish. On methodological grounds, the discussion proposed in this paper could be relevant for other case studies worldwide where one finds prehistoric communities with evidence of fishing activities.
Keywords:Vinca Culture / Use-wear and residues analysis / Prehistoric fishing practices / Neolithic / Fish-hooks / Bone technology
Source:Journal of Archaeological Science, 2016, 65, 134-147
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