Smakkerup Huse: A Late Mesolithic Coastal Site in Northwest Zealand, Denmark

Smakkerup Huse: A Late Mesolithic Coastal Site in Northwest Zealand, Denmark

Smakkerup Huse: A Late Mesolithic Coastal Site in Northwest Zealand, Denmark

Smakkerup Huse: A Late Mesolithic Coastal Site in Northwest Zealand, Denmark

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It is impossible to adequately acknowledge all of the individuals and institutions that participate in, facilitate, and promote an archaeological excavation. We owe a great debt to many. The landowners Karl and Bente Jensen were unstinting in their hospitality and their willingness for us to dig large holes in their field. The participants in the excavations devoted a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to this project and made it most enjoyable as well as stimulating. Members of the crew at various times included Niels Hartmann, Signe Ulfeldt Hede, Egon Iversen, Michael P. Jensen, Kasper Johansen, Charlotte Sedlacek Larsen, Jens Nielsen, Dorthe Pedersen, Lisbeth Pedersen, Erika Price, Michael Stafford, Todd Surovell and Beth Workmaster. Charlie Christensen, Anders Fischer, Fredrik Hallgren, Sönke Hartz, Helle Juel Jensen, Kristian Kristiansen, Lars Larsson, Torsten Madsen, Peter Rasmussen, Peter Vang Petersen, and Peter Woodman visited the excavations and/or provided valued assistance and advice in a variety of ways. Søren Andersen helped with both word and deed to get this report completed.

Several individuals assisted in the identification of different materials and other analyses. Trolle Bagger of Kalundborg very kindly identified the various stone materials from the excavation. Jan Heinemeier helped with the radiocarbon dates from Aarhus. David McJunkin obtained AMS dates from an accelerator in Madison, Wisconsin. Paula Reimer and Michael Richards advised on the recalibration of radiocarbon dates. The knowledge and experience of Helle Strehle and P.H. Mikkelsen of the Conservation Department at Moesgård in Aarhus were a great help in identifying various materials and conserving the finds. Tine Trolle-Lassen kindly undertook the faunal analysis from the 1989 excavations. Kjeld Christiansen identified several important wood samples for the project. Specialized analyses of the fyrsvamp and the painted pebble were undertaken by Arne Jensen of the Department of Protein Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen and Mads Chr. Christensen of the Department of Conservation at the National Museum of Denmark, respectively.

This project was the result of a delightful collaboration with the Kalundborg og Omegns Museum, our base of operations and the source of much of the logistic and technical assistance for the project. The Museum’s fostering of international projects is one of its great strength and assets. The staff of the museum was helpful and hospitable beyond all expectations and their kindness is greatly appreciated. We would particularly like to thank Finn, Irene, Jens, Jørgen, Kurt, and Leif.

Last but not least, a major driving force behind the Saltbæk Vig Project and the excavations at Smakkerup Huse has been the director of the Kalundborg og Omegns Museum. Lisbeth Pedersen organized logistics and local support, provided food and shelter, and participated in the excavations for two weeks. Lisbeth holds a special place in our hearts and deserves our most sincere appreciation for her patience, advice and help, as well as the foreword to this volume.

The National Science Foundation of the United States and the National Geographic Society funded a major part of the survey and testing components of the Saltbæk Vig Archaeological Project. The Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin kindly provided the majority of support for the excavations reported here. Our sincere gratitude for this assistance is expressed in a small way with this publication.

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