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Harpoon of Aitzbitarte IV (Errenteria, Gipuzkoa)

Upper Paleolithic: Magdalenian

Gordailua, the Gipuzkoa Heritage Collection Centre

Gordailua, the Gipuzkoa Heritage Collection Centre

Magdalenian harpoon made from deer or reindeer horn. A row of 4 angled teeth stands proud of the shaft and there is a small protuberance on the base. It was found in the Aiztbitarte IV cave (Errenteria, Gipuzkoa). This type of harpoon was used for fishing and hunting. It would have been hafted in a wooden shaft.

Bibliography:

Barandiaran, Jose Migel. Excavaciones en Aitzbitarte IV. (Trabajos de 1960). Munibe, 1961. 13, 183-285

Altuna, Jesús ; Otero, Xabi. Artearen sustraiak Gipuzkoan = Origenes del arte guipuzcoano = The origins of art in Gipuzkoa = Origines de l’art guipuzcoan. San Sebastián : Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia. Kultura, Euskara, Gazte eta Kirol Departamentua, 2000. 106. Bertan 15.

Inventory number: Ait.IV.in.1191.50

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  • Title: Harpoon of Aitzbitarte IV (Errenteria, Gipuzkoa)
  • Date: Upper Paleolithic: Magdalenian
  • Physical Dimensions: 19x2x1 cm
  • Provenance: Aitzbitarte IV (Errenteria, Gipuzkoa)
  • Type: Tool
  • Medium: Deer or reindeer horn

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