The Blatterhohle in Hagen (Westphalia): preliminary report on the first archaeological investigations

Joerg Orschiedt, Jan F Kegler, Birgit Gehlen, Werner Schoen, Flora Gröning

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The site Blätterhöhle in Hagen was discovered during a spelaeological exploration in 2004. The cave itself was almost completely filled with sediments. The excavations brought human skeletons of at least seven individuals, animal bones and stone tools to light. A trial trench next to the entrance resulted in the discovery of a find layer dating to the Mesolithic with a fireplace under the rubble. First radiocarbon dating and the typological distinction of the stone artefacts indicate that the cave and the space in front of it were used towards the end of the Late Palaeolithic, in the early Mesolithic and the early Neolithic. During the last two periods the cave functioned as a cemetery. M. S.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-32
Number of pages21
JournalArchaologisches Korrespondenzblatt
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Westfalen
  • Hagen
  • cave
  • Early Stone Age
  • Early Neolithic
  • remains of man


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