The fish from Zamostje and its importance for the last hunter-gatherers of the Russian Plain (Mesolithic-Neolithic)

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The fish from Zamostje and its importance for the last hunter-gatherers of the Russian Plain (Mesolithic-Neolithic)

Subject

S5-2, S6-3, General session, oral

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Abstract:

Zamostje, located on the river Dubna, a tributary of the Volga, was as early as the Mesolithic and Neolithic an important site for hunting as well as fishing: thousands of fish bones, very well preserved in a wet environment were excavated here. Many fishing-related implements have also been recovered: bark floats, hooks, harpoons, tools for scaling the fish, and two fish-traps containing the skeletons of several trapped fish.

The analysis of several thousand fish bones (recovered using a 1 mm mesh sieve) now provide a clear picture of the species diversity present during the entire habitation duration at this site; these are mainly pike (Esox lucius), perch (Perca fluviatilis) and Cyprinids. Our analysis also allows for size reconstructions of the captured fish, providing information on the fishing techniques used and the seasonality of fishing activities.

This is the first comprehensive study of fish remains from Zamostje, key to understanding the importance and techniques of fishing in this exceptionally rich site during the different stages of its habitation.

Authors:

RADU Valentin 1, 2 and DESSE-BERSET Nathalie2

Affiliations

1 National History Museum of Romania, raduvalentin@hotmail.com
2 CÉPAM-CNRS/université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, UMR 6130, berset.desse@hotmail.com

Creator

Radu, Valentin
Desse-Berset, Nathalie

Date

August 2010

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Radu, Valentin and Desse-Berset, Nathalie. "The fish from Zamostje and its importance for the last hunter-gatherers of the Russian Plain (Mesolithic-Neolithic) ," in BoneCommons, Item #1476, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1476 (accessed December 7, 2019).

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