Opening a split oak tee trunk

The 6th Ergersheim experiment was held in March 2016.

The team of Anja Probst-Böhm's main activities was splitting a freshly cut oak trunk with wooden splitting wedges made of oak and ash, reconstructed according to finds, in order to record the work and wear marks on the wedges and workpieces.

A team around Michaela Schauer tested a conspicuous adze blade shape with a D-shaped cross-section and comparatively blunt blade perpendicular to the flat underside, which later turned out to be those most probably that of an early axe. Reconstructed blades of this type were used in a knee bolster for coarser work and as chisel work was tried for fine work such as debarking, chiming, or smoothing. It turned out that these works are possible but not meaningful.

Wulf Hein determined the necessary number of hits in order to strike a shank for an axe holm of the (germ. “Flügelholm”) from a rootstock of an ash tree. Furthermore, the woodworking with antler axes, as well as the severing of roots in the earth with different stone tools was tried.