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Quartzite from Lenderscheid

Material name: Quartzite
Synonyms: N/A
Material (geologic): Tertiary quartzite

Flake of material
Foto: Nobody, 2000

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General characteristics

(In part adapted from Name year and Name year)

Geographical setting: N/A
Material and colour: N/A
Other information: N/A
Knapping notes: N/A
Archaeological description: N/A

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Locality: Lenderscheid, Schwalm-Eder district, Hessia
Synonyms: N/A
Geographical description: The sample was taken from an old extraction pit, underneath the roots of some trees, just outside the village of Lenderscheid, directly south of the road towards Leuderode.
Geographical co-ordinates: Lat. 50 58' 10.6" N
Long. 009 22' 58.9" E
(Mapdatum WGS 84)
Co-ordinate precision: Taken with a handheld GPS, within a dozen or so meters.
Other topographical information: From the autobahn A7, take exit number 84 "Homburg (Efze)". Follow the B-323 in westerly direction until you reach the B-254, which you take towards the south (direction of Frielendorf). After about 2.5 km, at "Großropperhausen", the side-road towards the east takes you to Lenderscheid. Driving through the village you'll see a sign (left turn) towards Leuderode. Taking this road you'll enter the area where this type of material can be found. Our sample was taken just south of the mentioned road towards Leuderode, about 200 meters outside the village edge of lenderscheid, from a little wooded knoll where some kind of cellar-type structure has been built (see photo below).
General location: View towards Lenderscheid
Foto: Paul van der Kroft, 2000
  Within this wooded knoll (the photograph above shows the view from the east, towards Lenderscheid), some large blocks of quartzite lay about, albeit mostly of mediocre knapping quality. In the centre is an old extraction-pit, underneath a few trees, where large number of quartzite fragments can be found, mostly falling from the pit-wall, from between the tree roots (see foto below).
Sampling location: The extraction pit
Foto: Paul van der Kroft, 2000
  The fields surrounding the sampling location yielded some quartzites as well, in much smaller quantities but including somewhat larger, unworked blocks of reasonable quality. These however were not sampled during our visit.
Visitors information: While passing through this location only once, we didn't collect any visitors information. Lenderscheid itself, being a small village, probably has not much to offer in terms of places to stay, eat and drink. The nearest larger town is Homberg (Efze). During the summer, however, the region must be a touristic hot-spot, since in the villages in the surroundings it is hard to find a house without a "Fremdenzimmer"-notice.
Sampling information: The sample consists of flakes, blade fragments and small struck-off blocks, collected "as-is" (none were knapped by us), and are therefore considered to be from archaeological context. Since the large blocks of quartzite were of completely different quality (much coarser grained, tougher and less brittle) than the collected fragments, these weren't sampled.
  Flakes on the pit-floor
Foto: Paul van der Kroft, 2000
For a full-blown picture of this sample, click here (69 KBytes). Large flake of typical material
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
Block of quartzite from Lenderscheid with cortex
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
For a full-blown version of this picture, click here (75 KBytes).
Sample description: N/A
For a full-blown picture of this sample, click here (66 KBytes). Flake of secondary coloured material
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
Slightly patinated piece
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
For a full-blown version of this picture, click here (70 KBytes).

Last modified on:
January 27, 2000
Contents primarily by:
Paul van der Kroft
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