Early modern humans and Neanderthals shared similar marine exploitation patterns, first attested during MIS6 by shellfish gathering (Bajondillo Cave in Torremolinos, Spain, 150 k.a.; Pinnacle Point, South Africa, 164 k.a.).
While fishing would have played an integral part within the lives of prehistoric coastal and island communities, during prehistoric times, direct evidence for fishing is not well represented within the archaeological record. In part, this is as a result of the poor preservation of fish bones, which are affected by taphonomic factors such as physical, chemical and biological processes following their deposition.
Sinker stones, also known as net weight, net sinker, anchor stone, fishing weight, plummet, poids à pêche may be the most common archaeological artifact found alongside or near water sources throughout the world. The term is used loosely to describe any grooved, notched or perforated stone weight that was used to weigh down a fishing net or line. (AGGSBACH’S PALEOLITHIC BLOG)