Archaeological Collection

The bone hook and harpoon heads

The bone hook and harpoon heads
Item name:The bone hook and harpoon heads
Dating:2700–2400 BC
Findspot:Ig – Dežman pile-dwelling sites
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


The bone hook has four holes for fastening at its flat end. Archaeologists believe it was sewn onto a leather belt; as such, it would represent the earliest form of a belt hook in this part of Europe. The three barbed harpoon heads at the top are made of red deer antler. The pile-dwellers from Dežman pile-dwelling sites used them to catch large fish, mainly catfish (cf. Fig. 180).


1. Harpoon, antler, l. 7.9 cm, Inv. No. B 187.
2. Harpoon, antler, l. 8.1 cm, Inv. No. B 190.
3. Harpoon, antler, l. 6.9 cm, Inv. No. B 189.
4. Belt hook, antler, l. 11.3 cm, Inv. No. B 178.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 178, pp. 138, 245–246.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition