In 1973, a piece of a human skull was found between Hahnöfersand and Cranz during dredging work in the flushing sand of the Elbe. Recent investigations date the frontal bone to the 6th millennium B.C. No older human bone has been found in the Hamburg area to date. However, not much is known about the oldest Hamburger. For example, how did he meet his death? It is possible that the forehead bone was part of a burial, but perhaps the Stone Age man also perished while hunting.
Age: um 5400 v. Chr. (9410+/-55 BP) Mesolithic period
Mesolithic period: With the beginning of the post-glacial period, the Mesolithic phase begins in northern Germany, marking the transition from the Old Stone Age to the New Stone Age. In post-glacial forests, red deer and wild boar were now available to people, and on the sea and inland lake coasts, mussels, fish and waterfowl were also available as the main sources of animal protein. Plants, however, played a particularly important role in the diet of Mesolithic Age forest hunters. Hazelnuts, wild vegetables, herbs and fruits were collected on a large scale.
Material: Human Bone