COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—The Copenhagen Post reports that flint arrowheads as well as human and animal bones have been uncovered during construction work at Kastellet, a star-shaped fortress dating to the seventeenth century located in what is now Copenhagen. The artifacts suggest a settlement stood on the site some 7,000 years ago. The people who lived there are thought to have been hunter-gatherers who were part of the Kongemose culture, which covered southern Scandinavia. To read about another discovery in Denmark, go to “Bronze Age Bride.”

Archaeologists from the Museum of Copenhagen have made a rather sensational discovery: evidence of a settlement estimated to be around 7,000 years old.

During the building work for the new museum of Danish resistance at Kastellet, flint arrowheads, animal bones and even a couple of human bones have come to light, a municipal press release reveals.“Finding a Stone Age settlement is special because it reveals the history of the area long before it became Copenhagen,” said the deputy mayor for culture and leisure, Niko Grünfeld.

Enormous historical value

“The settlement sheds light on what is under our feet and also tells us about how people lived, settled and moved around many thousands of years ago. That is of enormous historical value,” added Grünfeld.

Archaeologist think the settlement dates back to 6,400-5,400 BC and the people who lived there came from the so-called Kongemosekulturen. They were hunters in the forests and along the coasts and lived in southern Scandinavia.

At that time, the landscape of Denmark was changing markedly. The seas were rising fast so coastlines and the landscape were also changing.

Over the last 100 years there have been four to five other Stone Age settlements found in Copenhagen.