Krabbesholm
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Near Krabbesholm, close to Skive, are two kitchen middens containing some of the first evidence of human settlement in Denmark. The middens, located at the foot of a south-facing hill, measure up to 40 metres long, 15 metres wide, and a metre deep. In 1831, the first…

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The fishing farmers of Krabbesholm

Time / Periode -4800 -2700
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When the Krabbesholm middens were unearthed in 1889, the importance of the varying layers of shells was not immediately recognised. Had it been, the archaeologists of the time would have been aware that the Stone Age can be divided into an earlier and a later period. That fact became clear when the Second Kitchen Midden Commission carried out excavations at Ertebølle between 1893 and 1897. The excavations show that people continued to live along the coasts after the transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural society. The mussel shells in the middens also show that the sea had become less salty and cooler. The two middens indicate that even though the change in culture and lifestyle occurred quickly around 3900 BC, the first farmers continued as hunters, fishers and gatherers. In other words, they were fishing farmers.

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