Making fire in the Stone Age: flint and pyrite

  title={Making fire in the Stone Age: flint and pyrite},
  author={Dick Stapert and Lykke Johansen},
  journal={Geologie en Mijnbouw},
Flint implements with rounded ends, excavated at several Late Palaeolithic sites in Denmark and the Netherlands, are described and interpreted as strike-a-lights used in combination with pyrites. Experiments were carried out; the use-wear traces on the experimental pieces are similar to those occurring on the prehistoric specimens. It is concluded that the pyrite technique for fire production most probably predated wood-on-wood techniques, both in Europe and Greenland. 
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