The Augustinus Foundation supports research

Braided fence, which was part of a stationary fishing system in Syltholm Fjord in the Stone Age.

The Augustinus Foundation supports research into prehistoric fishing with DKK 2,2 million.

What fish did people on Lolland of the past catch and how did they do it? Researchers from Museum Lolland-Falster will now have the opportunity to investigate this in the project SylFish thanks to DKK 2,2 million in support from the Augustinus Foundation.

The Augustinus Foundation has previously supported the museum's exhibition LOLA and an international Stone Age conference.

Over the next three years, the museum's researchers, together with researchers from Finland, Great Britain and Germany, will investigate fishing in Syltholm Fjord near Rødby over 5000 years from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age. This is based on the rich material that the museum's archaeologists have excavated during the archaeological investigations that preceded the establishment of the Fehmarn connection.

Precisely the studies in Syltholm Fjord are perfect for illuminating fishing in a historical long-term perspective. The researchers can follow the development of fishing for 5000 years, from the Stone Age, when fishing was the main occupation, to the Neolithic Age and the Bronze Age, where arable farming and animal husbandry were the main occupations, but where fishing was still very important.

The archaeological material contains large quantities of fish bones found at settlements. They show which fish were caught, but there are also fish bones from natural deposits, which show what the natural population looked like in Syltholm Fjord. The researchers are also able to reconstruct the aquatic environment and say something about man-made impacts on the natural fish populations

The results of the project are disseminated continuously and will be part of Museum Lolland-Falster's exhibition in the new museum, which is planned to be built on the harbor in Nykøbing Falster. As something special, the museum will offer masterclasses for high school students based on a project SylFish.

Last modified:
Share news:


Note: Danish only