Conjoining antler fragments form refitting units. The refitting units are recorded,
according to identification numbers. A refitting unit consists of two or more conjoining elements. Each refitting
unit is recorded with several attributes.
a: Planum b
c: Planum b
d: Planum b
The stratigraphic provenance of find b is not documented.
Find Nr. 19 of square 201 probably represents the tip of
the brow tine that belongs to this refitting unit; however, the find does not refit mechanically. The antler base of find
a is heavily disturbed. The disturbance is later than the brow tine breakage. The edges of that breakage are
rounded; the breakage plane follows older weathering cracks. Brow tine and second tine breakages occur in areas of contact
with underlying finds. Find d is a small brow tine cortex fragment, which has separated from the brow tine along a weathering
crack. This process is not necessarily related to artificial mechanical influences.
a: Planum b
b: Planum b
The stratigraphic provenance of find a can be given more precisely. The travertine sands of the
diluvial fan are about 70cm thick in square 184. Three horizons were distinguished: the base is formed by c.
35cm medium-grained travertine sand, c. 15cm medium-grained, single gravel containing travertine sands follow, and the top
is formed by c. 20cm fine-grained travertine sand (unpubl. data by D. Mania). Find a comes from the lowest horizon. In
square 114 the diluvial fan is formed by 30cm laminated fine- to medium-grained travertine sands with single gravels. Find b
comes from that horizon.
The two finds display different surface preservation. Both exhibit weathering cracks. While find b exhibits an early stage of surface destruction, find a is in an advanced
stage of surface loss. Find a is of a brighter colour than find b. The tip of the brow tine of find a is affected by
a: Planum b?
b: Planum b?
In square 173, find a came from the transitional zone between diluvial fan and shore terrace. The
fine- to medium-grained travertine sands are 20-40cm thick here. Below, relicts of channels were found. In square
142 the fine- to medium-grained travertine sands reach a thickness of c. 30cm; below, relicts of channels were found.
Faults disturb the square.
Refittings of upper main beam parts are rare in the
Bilzingsleben antler material.
a: Planum b?
b: Planum b?
The diluvial fan of square 123 gets thinner towards square 124. Fine- to medium-grained
travertine sand forms a layer up to 30cm thick. Below, a c. 80cm wide channel, 30cm deep and filled with oblique laminated
travertine sand, was observed. In square 124 the travertine sand of the diluvial fan is c. 20cm thick. Below, relicts of
channels, 35cm deep, and filled with oblique laminated travertine sand were encountered. In the lower parts, almost no
finds occurred; most finds were recovered from the middle part of the travertine sands. The exact documentation of the
stratigraphic positions for finds a+b are missing.
Find a came from a situation that was described in an unpublished excavation report in 1985 by Mania as a
pavement-like layer. Finds were encountered densely packed and overlying each other in multiple levels. Find b appeared
at the edge of this feature. Covering travertine sands were 20cm thick. Below, depressions were encountered, filled with
yellowish travertine sand, containing few finds. No documentation is available for find b.
a: Planum a?
b: Planum c
Find b comes from a pavement-like accumulation of finds, lying directly on top of the
loesslike sediment. Here, three plana were excavated; find b comes from planum c, the lowest one. The pavement-like accumulation
of finds is outside the "pavement", lying more to the south-east. Find a is not registered; adhering sediment is
Chara limestone, pointing to a probable origin in the Chara limestone horizon.