Putim, Písek dist., South Bohemian Region

Camp sites of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic

(300,000 to 7,000 years ago)

Pools with watching tower across the Řežabinec Pond.

Pools with watching tower across the Řežabinec Pond.

Photo Z. Kačerová, 2014.

A hunter-gatherer landscape with seasonal settlement traces from various periods of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic, dating to ca. 300,000 – 5,000 BC. Archaeological excavations and surveys revealed around fifty hunting camps situated on the edges of a former lake and wetlands that were changed into an artificial pond in the 16th century. The local environment provided hunters and gatherers with rich sources of food: fish, fowl, eggs, water plants, forest berries and large herbivores in the nearby woodlands. Human activities are primarily documented by chipped stone tools, found here in large quantities.

References: Dubský 1949; Fröhlich 1997; Michálek 2003; Vencl a kol. 2006, 2007; www_Putim.

Navigation points: N 49°14'58.45", E 14°05'45.87".

Map notes: A–C – areas with the most significant concentrations of Mesolithic sites. 1 – Middle Palaeolithic camp site; 2 – Upper Palaeolithic camp site; 3 – Late Palaeolithic camp site; 4 – Mesolithic camp site. Map symbols are available in the Downloads section.

Selected fulltext articles and reports for further reading. Complete bibliographical records are available in the Downloads section as the List of publications.