M.G. Zhilin. Bone and antler artefacts from the Middle and Late Mesolithic layers of Ivanovskoye 7 in the collection of MAE RAS

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M.G. Zhilin  - Institute of Archaeology RAS, Moscow, Russian Federation
E-mail: mizhilin @ yandex.ru
ORCID: 0000-0002-3891-2959

 

Abstract

A collection of bone artefacts from Mesolithic layers of the site Ivanovskoye 7, excavated by the Upper Volga expedition under direction of M.G. Zhilin was taken for permanent storage by MAE RAS in 2012. Three cultural layers yielded impressive collections of bone and antler artefacts of early, middle and late periods of the Butovo culture. Finds from the bottom layer are already described in detail [Zhilin 2018]. The present article is devoted to publication of bone and antler artefacts from the Middle and Late Mesolithic layers of this site. Further development of traditions of the bone industry of the bottom layer is observed in these layers. At the same time new tool types emerge, and some types of bone and antler artefacts widespread in the bottom layer are absent in the upper layers. Comparison of finds from Mesolithic layers of Ivanovskoye 7 with other peat bog sites of the Butovo culture indicates rather steady development of bone industry. During the whole period of its existence the population of the Butovo culture was equipped with a highly developed set of bone and antler artefacts needed for successful living in the forests of temperate zone. Bone industry of the Late Mesolithic layer of Ivanovskoye 7 found further development in the Early Neolithic Upper Volga culture.

 

Key words: Mesolithic, bone industry, Ivanovskoye 7 site, Volga-Oka interfluve, MAE RAS.

 

DOI: 10.31250/2658-3828-2021-1-63-100

 

For сitation: Zhilin M.G. Bone and antler artefacts from the Middle and Late Mesolithic layers of Ivanovskoye 7 in the collection of MAE RAS. Camera praehistorica, 2021, no. 1 (6), рр. 63–100. DOI: 10.31250/2658- 3828-2021-1-63-100.

 

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