Re-evaluating the old excavation from Pinnberg, Germany

Daniel Gross, Steffen Berckhan, Nadine Hauschild, Anna-Lena Räder, Anne Sohst

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The site of Pinnberg is located northeast of Hamburg, Germany in the Ahrensburg Tunnel Valley which is
widely known for Late Palaeolithic sites like Ahrensburg-Stellmoor and Meiendorf. The site was extensively
excavated by Alfred Rust and shows an occupation sequence ranging from the Late Palaeolithic to the Bronze
Age. In his publication Die Funde vom Pinnberg, Rust (1958a) differentiates up to nine different cultural units
that date to different chronological zones. Since this chronological zonation was already questioned shortly
after the book was published, a technological analysis of the lithic material is here used to evaluate A. Rust’s
chronological differentiation. By doing this we are able to decide whether the chronological units detected
by A. Rust are reliable or if the site of Pinnberg has to be seen as a palimpsest.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForaging Assemblages : Foraging Assemblages: Papers Presented at the Ninth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, Belgrade 2015
EditorsDušan Borić, Dragana Antonović, Bojana Mihailović
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationBelgrade, New York
PublisherSerbian Archaeological Society, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Publication date2021
Article number47
ISBN (Print)9788684457181
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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