The ”waterscapes” of the Maglemosian period
Large parts of the south Scandinavian landscape were characterised by lakes and areas of open water. One of the reasons for this “waterscape” were the beavers, that built dams creating small lakes along water courses. This led to the growth of aquatic plants, which the elk could feed on. This type of landscape meant that the Maglemosian hunters were dependent upon boats. Even if such vessels have never been recovered, finds of paddles from settlements show that boats must have existed.