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The Hindsgavl Dagger

In the Neolithic period the flintworkers achieved very high technical standards. The magnificent dagger from Hindsgavl with its blade less than 1 cm thick is the finest example of the flintworkers’ outstanding skills at the end of the Stone Age. It was found around 1876 on tihe island Fænø in the Little Belt. The dagger type is called a ‘fishtail dagger’ because of the fishtail-formed hilt. Pressure-flaked daggers mark the beginning of the end of the Stone Age, and are the reason why the period from 2400-1800 BC is called the Dagger Period.

The hindsgavl Dagger
The Hindsgavl dagger.
The hindsgavl Dagger
The motive on the new danish 100-krone banknote is the Hindsgavldolk (skitse)<a href="!OpenDocument">Read more at the Danish Government Borrowing and Debt website.
The hindsgavl Dagger
The Hindsgavl Dagger, seen from the side. You can see a large selection of pressure-flaked flint daggers from the Neolithic Period in the exhibition about Danish Prehistory.