Primitive fishing

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Primitive fishing

No doubt fishing was utterly important during the Stone Age, often critical too, especially at times when protein was hard to obtain from other sources.

Some of the ancient fishing equipment look just fantastic, like this hook, thousands of years old.


Fishing spears used quite recently, or maybe still in use, can have simply ingenious constructions in order to keep hold of a slippery fish. I can imagine that similar designs to this one, could be tens of thousands of years old. This is my own version. Would be fun to make a real one, by using primitive stone tools, of course.


By | 2018-01-11T08:59:44+03:00 June 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |5 Comments


  1. Sanna 27.03.2015 at 15:50 - Reply

    Amazing painting. I can almost feel the sun and the shadows and hear the water. It seems like it isn’t a fozen moment or just a picture but alive and soon the boy will move and try to catch a fish.

    • Tom 31.03.2015 at 23:40 - Reply

      Thank you. Childhood memories have been the same through millennia, I think. When he grows up the boy will be fishing for survival but at young age the excitement makes him forget the seriousness of the task. My model, though, got a bit restless – there was no fish to catch…

  2. Jerry 02.03.2017 at 10:59 - Reply

    Hi Tom. This picture could be me when I was a kid. The only difference is that I used an angle instead of a spear. At the place I used to fish and bath and look at animals when I was a child, they have found flint artifacts from the same time as your picture represents. So once upon a time there mayby sat a similar boy (or girl) and fished where I also would fish several thousands of years later. Fascinating.

    Jerry, archaeologist and fishing enthusiast from Mark in Southwestern parts of the province of Vastergotland

    (by the way I know Leif pretty well, he lives in the same municipality and we studied archaeology at the same place).

    • Tom 02.03.2017 at 22:37 - Reply

      Hi Jerry, and thank you for your comment — it’s a nice story. I often think in similar ways for example when I visit with my kids the Bronze Age burial grounds close to where we live. Old places …

      Men ursäkta mig, nu måste jag fråga … Leif vem, Leif Jonsson? Inte för jag skulle känna honom personligen, kunde vara intressant förstås. Jag håller på och arbetar med illustrationer om södra Finlands bosättningshistoria (huvudstadsregionen) så det ska bli en hel del motsvarande bilder till. Postar dem närmast på min Fb-sida, tills jag får den här sajten uppdaterad (lär ta en tid ännu … ). Sakkunniga kommentarer är alltid välkomna.

      Trevligt att råkas.

  3. Jerry 03.03.2017 at 00:07 - Reply

    Hej, jag känner också Leif Jonsson, men i detta fallet menade jag Leif Häggström..

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