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I’ll write more about the herring and shrimp fisheries later, but during Mr Porter’s wanderings on the shore he has found and collected a large number of red or yellow clay weights that are similar to mine (he gave me the one on the right in the picture; it weighs 65 gms).He is certain that the ‘stones’ were used to weigh down fishing nets that were – like the herring nets – anchored on the shore; his family’s nets were attached to an anchoring post and the bottom of the net was weighted with a line of lead weights while the top of the net floated free, buoyed up by corks.
Carbon-14 dating of potsherd from ancient people’s clay vessels is commonly used to determine the age of a Stone Age settlement.
But this may method may well be fraught with errors.
(Photo: Sagnlandet Lejre)Danish Stone Age settlements may turn out to be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years younger than we thought.
A physicist from Aarhus University has together with archaeologists at the Gottorp Castle Museum in Northern Germany made a startling discovery: if ancient people prepared their fish in clay vessels, it’s impossible to date this accurately.
From the dawn of our species to the present day, stone-made artefacts are the dominant form of material remains that have survived to today concerning human technology.