The faunal remains of the middle Pleistocene travertines of Stuttgart-Bad-Cannstatt, south Germany

Kristine SCHATZ

en Anthropozoologica 25-26 - Pages 375-382

Published on 01 June 1998

This article is a part of the thematic issue Proceedings of the 7th ICAZ International Meeting, Constance, September 1994

The function of the Holsteinian period Cannstatter Bunker site is discussed, based on large mammals remains. Comparison with several other Holsteinian faunas shows a clear selection of the osteological material. The inhabitants of the site were specialized hunters. Aurochs and steppe bisons were their favourite preys. The red deer was an important nutrional complement. The analysis of the frequencies of skeletal elements indicates that animals were butchered outside of the site. Only the rich meaty parts were brought back. We note also that deer antlers were usedfor artefacts. The Cannstatter Bunker site seems therefore to have been used as a central halt station.


Holsteinian faunas, hunting strategies, bovines, red deer, carcass exploitation.

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