Fosna-Hensbacka culture

At first, what is this culture? This culture was in Scandinavia during 8300 BC – 7300 BC. This interval was the early Mesolithic Era of Scandinavia. Fosna-Hensbacka culture was spread along the coast of Northern Norway. This culture isn’t a singular culture but a complex of seasonal population, according to the last studies.


Flake axes                                    Core axes

Everyone can see that these axes were according technologies of the 8th millennium BC. Economy of Fosna-Hensbacka culture was based on fishing and seal hunting. These were similar to hunting-gathering way of economy. It was the main part of their work. For it they used wooden framed boats and they were similar to agricultural devices of ground inhabitants. They were used stone like the material for tools. Their settlements give only those tools for us and they are flake axes and lanceolate and arrowheads.

Summary this culture was and had,

  • In the 8th millennium BC,
  • Hunting-gathering economy,
  • Using and making stone tools and the simplest devices,
  • The seasoned nomadic culture.

Sources and articles,

“Norway Before the Vikings”, Vincent H. Malmström,


This article was written by Ilya Duchanin.

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