NAR 43: A Kaleidoscope of Gathering at Keinsmerbrug (the Netherlands): Late Neolithic Behavioural Variability in a Dynamic Landscape

Analysis of finds from an earlier excavation produced extensive information on a site at Keinsmerbrug, which saw occasional occupation during the Late Neolithic.

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Analysis of Keinsmerbrug excavation

The analysis of the Keinsmerbrug site, excavated in 1986, marked the start of the Odyssee Project 'Opening Noord-Holland’s Late Neolithic Treasure Trove’ (‘Het openen van de laatneolithische schatkist van Noord-Holland'). Around 2580-2450 BC, the area functioned as a temporary settlement where groups of people of various origins congregated for short periods of time. For the duration of their stay, the site was laid out with temporary structures, watering holes, pits and special-activity areas. Palaeozoological analysis identified animal husbandry, fishing and fowling as the main sources of food. Remains of barley and emmer wheat were also identified. Few earthenware shards were found, but significant variations in wall thickness, temper and decoration suggest a diverse origin for the pottery.


Series: Nederlandse Archeologische Rapporten (NAR) 43
Editors: B.I. Smit, O. Brinkkemper, J.P. Kleijne, R.C.G.M. Lauwerier, E.M. Theunissen
Authors: S.M. Beckerman, D.C. Brinkhuizen, V. Garcia Diaz, L. Kubiak-Martens, G.R. Nobles, T. F.M. Oudemans, J.H.M. Peeters, H. Van Haaster J.T. Zeiler, D.C.M. Raemaekers, A.L. Van Gijn
ISBN/EAN: 9789057992032
Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, 2012