Sturgeon fishing in the Middle and Lower Danube region

Laszlo Bartosiewicz, Clive Bonsall, Vasile Șișu

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Migrating sturgeons were the largest fish in the middle and lower Danube region. Most of these species, however, have been brought to the brink of extinction by habitat loss and overfishing. This review is a synthesis of sporadic archaeological evidence, zoological and environmental data as well as ethnohistorical information in two regions: the Iron Gates at the southeast edge of the Carpathian Basin and the Hungarian section of the Danube within the basin. In addition to ichthyological and taphonomic questions, fishing techniques as well as the varying perceptions of these large fish are summarized in an attempt to draft a multidisciplinary interpretive framework for the archaeological evaluation of future finds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Iron Gates in Prehistory
Subtitle of host publicationNew perspectives
EditorsClive Bonsall, Vasile Boroneanț, Ivana Radovanović
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781407303734
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameBAR International Series


  • sturgeon
  • Acipenseridae
  • fishing
  • weirs
  • Danube
  • Iron Gates
  • seasonality


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  • The Iron Gates in Prehistory: New perspectives

    Bonsall, C. (ed.), Boroneanț, V. (ed.) & Radovanović, I. (ed.), 2008, Archaeopress. 268 p. (BAR International Series; vol. 1893)

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