Mesolithic fish and fishermen of the Lower Danube (Iron Gates)

  • Alexandru Dinu Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Dakota State University, Fargo
Keywords: Mesolithic, Danube Iron Gates, Schela Cladovei, sample bias, fishing technology, climate


This study analyzes the importance of fishing as part of the survival strategies of the Mesolithic and Early Neolithic groups of the Danube Iron Gates. It considers the species of fish present in the archaeological record of the Iron Gates sites, ecology, and possible fishing tools and techniques, in order to determine if the quantities caught during favorable seasons could have also insured food reserves for the winter. The author concludes that the presence of large species like sturgeon may be misleading with regard to how intensively these fish were caught, and that besides common species such as carp and catfish, the bulk of the harvest was mainly of smaller species that had fewer chances of being well preserved in the archaeological record.


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DinuA. (2010). Mesolithic fish and fishermen of the Lower Danube (Iron Gates). Documenta Praehistorica, 37, 299-310.