The hunters of the Hamburg Culture were skilled at working with flint. The reindeer hunters’ weapon and tools were often made of flint. As opposed to organic material, flint lasts unchanged through millennia, and when we find flint tools today, they often look like they did, when they were crafted. Since the different hunter communities each had their own way of processing the flint, we can – when we make new prehistoric findings – relatively easy determine which period and culture the findings originate from.
The zinken tool is a very characteristic tool from the reindeer hunters of the Hamburg Culture. The zinken tool can be found with different designs. It was probably used as a multi-tool for the hunter – like our present-day “Leatherman multi-tools” or a Swiss army knife. The hunters also used the zink tool to cut shreds from the reindeer antlers and to drill, cut, and scrape in e.g. wood or pelt.
Another tool is the shouldered points that have been useful to scrape and smooth out hard surfaces like bone or reindeer antlers. They also had a scraper, it was good for cleaning animal pelt but also to remove bulges on bone, antlers or wood. They also made a havelte-type point, which is an arrowhead from the youngest period of the Hamburg culture. It has been used for hunting. The hunter probably had their bows and arrows with them from Germany.
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