Роговые гарпуны. Верхний палеолит, Альтамира, Испания
They are mainly from the Magdalenian era (the last cultural period of the Upper Palaeolithic) and were used to catch fish (especially salmon) and maybe also to hunt other animals.They were made from chips from deer horn and with one or two rows of teeth. Different types of handles were also developed with different ways to attach them to a handle, with bumps or perforations on the base. Once the head was fastened on, it was held by the side teeth and kept attached to the handle with a cord, in order to make it easier to hold.

Its design was simplified and improved at the end of the Palaeolithic, because they were made on the flat side of a large bone and with just one line of teeth: easier and faster to make, but equally effective.
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Harpoon Technique
Cut, sawn, engraved, polished, perforated Material


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