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Schöningen spears – humankind’s earliest wooden weapons

Goal: The goal of this project is to use state-of-the-art imaging techniques to examine in detail the 300,000-year-old wooden objects from the internationally recognised Schöningen site in the Helmstedt district (Germany). This will facilitate a better understanding of the production processes and uses of these uniquely preserved weapons, as well as their context within the archaeological site.

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Annemieke Milks
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In this glossary, we aim to initiate a synthesis and standardisation of analytical terms for early wood technologies from stone-tool using cultures. This glossary and code relies upon ongoing research and experience of the authors, alongside recent publications that also undertake systematic analyses and descriptions of wood technologies and traces from stone-tool using cultures. While it forms the foundation for our ongoing analysis and documentation of the wet and conserved woods from the Pleistocene site of Schöningen (Germany), we hope it may also provide a means for collaboration and communication with those working on wood from other Pleistocene and Holocene sites.
Annemieke Milks
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The goal of this project is to use state-of-the-art imaging techniques to examine in detail the 300,000-year-old wooden objects from the internationally recognised Schöningen site in the Helmstedt district (Germany). This will facilitate a better understanding of the production processes and uses of these uniquely preserved weapons, as well as their context within the archaeological site.