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Material name: chert, hornstone from Mehrstetten
Synonyms: "Hornstein"
Material (geologic): eluvial Jurassic chert
Split chert-nodule from Mehrstetten
Foto: Elburg/van der Kroft, 2000

Locality: Mehrstetten, Ulm district, Suabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Synonyms: Mehrstetten-"Sansenhau". Mining site D 24, according to the catalogue of the museum in Bochum (Weisgerber et al. (eds.) 1980).
Geographical co-ordinates: Lat. 48 34' 41" N
Long. 010 04' 30" E
(Mapdatum WGS 84)

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Additional information: sampling location from the South-East
Foto: Rengert Elburg, 2000
For a full-blown picture of this sample, click here (81 KBytes). Flake of typical chert from Mehrstetten
Foto: Elburg/van der Kroft, 2000
Split nodule from Mehrstetten
Foto: Elburg/van der Kroft, 2000
For a full-blown version of this picture, click here (56 KBytes).
Material and colour: Not very distinct material, very similar to the chert from nearby Ballendorf. The slightly transparent brown and grey, lightly banded material seems to occur mostly in form of roundish nodules of modest dimensions. The intact cortex we saw is quite thick and not too hard. The silicious material was weathered out of its parent rock and lies now in the loamy soil.
Archaeological description: Apart from the very few lines dedicated to Mehrstetten by Moser in Weisgerber et al. (eds.) 1980, nothing seems to be known, or at least published, about this site. Not counting a few flakes of doubtful status, we didn't see any artefacts, only large amounts of naturally broken pieces and some more or less intact nodules. It can very well be a source of (locally used) raw material, but we doubt very much if its status as a mining-site is justified.

No further information available on prehistoric use or distribution.


Last modified on:
January 14, 2001
Contents primarily by:
Rengert Elburg
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