Often important archaeological finds are made quite by chance. When a geologist was carrying out mapping work in the Duvenseer Moor in 1923, he discovered a Mesolithic campsite, which was archaeologically investigated several times in the following decades. The most significant find from these excavations is a paddle made of pine wood, which, with an age of over 8,000 years, is one of the oldest in the world.
Age: 6200 v. Chr. 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: Wood (Pine)