Lower Palaeolithic hunting spears from Germany

  title={Lower Palaeolithic hunting spears from Germany},
  author={Hartmut Thieme},
  • H. Thieme
  • Published 27 February 1997
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature
Little is known about the organic component of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic technologies, particular with respect to wooden tools1,2. Here I describe some wooden throwing spears about 400,000 years old that were discovered in 1995 at the Pleistocene site at Schöningen, Germany. They are thought to be the oldest complete hunting weapons so far discovered to have been used by humans. Found in association with stone tools and the butchered remains of more than ten horses, the spears strongly… 
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