Book: The Neolithisation of Denmark
Chapter: The Discovery of Kitchen Middens from the Stone
The discovery of the Danish kitchen middens was provoked through their destruction. In the middle of the 18th century AD many of these shell deposits were exploited for road materials, marl, etc.
In his surveys of such shell deposits from 1837 onwards, Professor in Zoology J.J.S. Steenstrup (1813-1885) repeatedly observed humanly worked flint objects. Steenstrup applied to and received a grant from The Academy of Sciences and Letters in Copehagen to run a geological-antiquarian field campaign on a number of such shell deposits.