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Michael Jochim


The site of Kappel, discovered in 2002 and excavavted in 2003 and 2004, lies on a sand and gravel ridge complex extending out from the lakeshore in the northwest area of the Federsee. The vast majprity of artifacts on the main ridge derive from Late Paleolithic occupations, although a small Early Mesolithic occupation occurred as well.

On the flanks of a small ridge, Late Mesolithic and Late Neolithic materials have been found in separate sand and peat layers. Organic materials appear to be the best preserved in the Late Mesolithic level, where deer bone, a wooden artifact, and hazelnuts have been found. Excavations will continue in 2006


Excavations have also been carried out at another nearby lake, the Pfrukger Ried.

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