My partner Diana and I were discussing my first post yesterday, and she suggested that the item I was calling a game harness could have been used for fishing.
I pondered the concept this evening.
The stone disc could have easily been a fishing weight. At the end of the nine leather thongs, hooks with bait could have been attached. After connecting a long piece of cordage to the loop a the end near the ring the whole thing could have been been thrown into the water. Wooden hooks would have helped it all stay upright.
Seems like something a lot of people in the village would do if there were old spindle whorls lying around.
I also decided to experiment and took a piece of birch polypore and threw it into a sink full of water tonight. Wow does it float.
Did the Iceman use the birch fungus to make bobbers?
Thank you Diana. You might have been right. 🙂