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Felix Riede

The life and times of an estonian Mesolithic slotted bone 'dagger'. Extended object biographies for legacy objects

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The life and times of an estonian Mesolithic slotted bone 'dagger'. Extended object biographies for legacy objects. / Bjørnevad, Mathias; Jonuks, Tõnno; Bye-Jensen, Peter; Manninen, Mikael A.; Oras, Esther; Vahur, Signe; Riede, Felix.

In: Estonian Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 23, No. 2, 12.2019, p. 103-125.

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Bjørnevad, M, Jonuks, T, Bye-Jensen, P, Manninen, MA, Oras, E, Vahur, S & Riede, F 2019, 'The life and times of an estonian Mesolithic slotted bone 'dagger'. Extended object biographies for legacy objects', Estonian Journal of Archaeology, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 103-125. https://doi.org/10.3176/arch.2019.2.02

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Bjørnevad, M., Jonuks, T., Bye-Jensen, P., Manninen, M. A., Oras, E., Vahur, S., & Riede, F. (2019). The life and times of an estonian Mesolithic slotted bone 'dagger'. Extended object biographies for legacy objects. Estonian Journal of Archaeology, 23(2), 103-125. https://doi.org/10.3176/arch.2019.2.02

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Bjørnevad M, Jonuks T, Bye-Jensen P, Manninen MA, Oras E, Vahur S et al. The life and times of an estonian Mesolithic slotted bone 'dagger'. Extended object biographies for legacy objects. Estonian Journal of Archaeology. 2019 Dec;23(2):103-125. https://doi.org/10.3176/arch.2019.2.02

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Bjørnevad, Mathias ; Jonuks, Tõnno ; Bye-Jensen, Peter ; Manninen, Mikael A. ; Oras, Esther ; Vahur, Signe ; Riede, Felix. / The life and times of an estonian Mesolithic slotted bone 'dagger'. Extended object biographies for legacy objects. In: Estonian Journal of Archaeology. 2019 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 103-125.

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