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Imitations of early metal

The worked daggers of flint appeared at the end of the Neolithic era. On the European continent the Early Bronze Age began and the dagger became the man’s most important status symbol. This development also occurred in Denmark, where the daggers were made of flint, but modelled on the European metal daggers. The flintworkers’ knapping technique permitted them to make elegant daggers with thin blades. Their technical skill culminated at the end of the Dagger Period, for example with the Hindsgavl Dagger. This is precisely where we see the competition with the imported metal daggers at its strongest. After this the heyday of the flintworker was over. Although bronze became very popular, the production of beautiful flint daggers continued far into the Bronze Age.

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