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Asch

Material name: Chert
Synonyms: "Hornstein"
Material (geologic): Eluvial jurassic chert
Nodule of chert from Asch
Foto: Elburg/van der Kroft, 2000


Locality: Asch, Ulm district, Suabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Synonyms: Mining site D 10, according to the catalogue of the museum in Bochum (Weisgerber et al. (eds.) 1980).
Geographical co-ordinates: Lat. 48 26' 14" N
Long. 009 50' 08" E
(Mapdatum WGS 84)

Co-ordinates are taken at the edge of the field where we found most material, but the material is scattered over quite a large area.

Click here for a map with further sites in the Ulm region.

Additional information: Sorry, no picture of this site, but you don't miss a lot: a few fields and some trees ("Borgerhau") in the background. Maybe we'll make a small detour the next time we're around there.

The main sampling site lies to the south of the road between Asch and Wippingen, but you can find the material scattered in smallish concentrations in the general area.
If you are looking for a place to stay or eat, better go to Blaubeuren, as we didn't see much attractive possibilities in de immediate vicinity.

For a full-blown picture of this sample, click here (63 KBytes). Example
Foto: Elburg/van der Kroft, 2000
Material and colour: Normally, we try not to collect archaeological objects like the core above, but it was lying so alone there on the edge of a field, that we coulden't leave it there. The red spots are caused by scratching by iron objects, in this case very probably a plough. The raw material here is not very spectacular, mostly a bit coarser than the chert from nearby Blauberg.
Archaeological description: Although the site has been catalogued as a flint mine, we didn't see any signs of this at the surface. The large pits in the wood, that were "re-interpreted" as possible signs of mining (Weisgerber et al. (eds.) 1980, p. 450), seem to be just geologic sink-holes. The original publication (Nuber 1962) isn't too informative either, and interpretes the site to be typical of the so called "macrolithic mesolithic" also known as the "campagnien". Later research (beginning with Reisch 1974) showed these "cultures" to be workhops, mostly associated with extraction of raw material. It is probably on this association, that the site is listed as a flint-mine.
 

Last modified on:
January 20, 2001
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Rengert Elburg
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