NORTHERN EUROPEAN STONE AGE
ARTIFACTS BY PALATINA
Description This wonderful long and slender Danish Mesolithic flint artifact is called
"Two edged flint knife"
belonging to the Mesolithic ErtebÃfÂ¸lle - Ellerbek Culture
( Kitchen Midden Culture ) from 5400-4000 bc.
One of the first large Nordic cultures was the Ertebolle culture (also known as ErtebÃfÂ¸lle or Ellerbek), this culture came into existence at the end of the Mesolithic period around 6400 BC and lasted to 4000 BC. The center of the Ertebolle culture is believed to have been Denmark but this people also lived in southern Scandinavia, Finland, northern Germany and Poland, and the Netherlands, which was roughly the same area as w later the Funnelbeaker people and the Germans lived. The Ertebolle people mainly lived from hunting, gathering, and fishing, they used stone tools and left large piles of shells ( kitchen middens ) at the beaches that are still t today, the shells may have been left t as offerings to a seagod though a more plausible explanation is that they simply used such places to dump their waste. The Ertebolle culture probably also believed in an afterlife because they buried their dead in cemetaries with gravegifts, in Sweden archeologists have even found dog burials like for instance the one