The Neolithic Bow Case from Lenk, Schnidejoch. A Technological and Cultural Analysis

Junkmanns, Jürgen; Klügl, Johanna; Di Pietro, Giovanna; Hafner, Albert (2021). The Neolithic Bow Case from Lenk, Schnidejoch. A Technological and Cultural Analysis. Journal of Glacial Archaeology, 5, pp. 5-50. Equinox Publishing

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The find of a yet unknown type of birch bark container in the site of Schnidejoch (Bernese Alps, Switzerland) was a surprise, for in all the wetland or lakeshore sites of Europe no parallels to this unique object are known to date. First, when only a small part was discovered, it was supposed to have been part of an arrow quiver. However, with the final appearance of the ca. 170 cm long container, it needed a new interpretation. The yew bow found at the same site, 160.5 cm long, would fit perfectly inside. Two silex arrowheads found in the bottom confirm an association with archery. The find could be identified as the first Neolithic bow case.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

Graduate School:

Graduate School of the Arts (GSA)

UniBE Contributor:

Klügl, Johanna and Hafner, Albert


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Equinox Publishing




Albert Hafner-Lafitte

Date Deposited:

21 Sep 2021 12:41

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:53




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