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Star Carr

Mesolithic site


White Rose University Press

Marvellously, you can read online or download for free, two brand new books about the site that analyse Chantel Conneller, Nicky Milner and Barry Taylor's excavations between 2003-15.

Volume one is called 'A persistent place in a changing world' and the second is 'Studies in technology, subsistence and environment'.

The site was occupied / used for about 800 years. The first people there deposited worked wood, articulated animal bone and flint tools into the lake. The next period was the main phase of occupation, in which large timber platforms were made at the lake's edge, and items were still being deposited into it. And in the last phase both the dry land and the wetland margins were still being used, "often for craft activities," and making axes and tools - and the oldest known British Mesolithic art - a shale bead - was found there. I love a shale bead, me. They're in chapter 33 of the second volume. The famous antler frontlets are in chapter 26.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th June 2018ce
Edited 7th June 2018ce

Comments (1)

Hi Rhiannon, just about to moan that I could not get the download, when all of a sudden a pdf of the whole book popped up on the screen, so thank you for the link.
Mike Pitts wrote an interesting article about Star Carr/Blick Mead.....
Shame there is not much to show of the site, especially as we live in the Vale of Pickering (and experience flooding).
moss Posted by moss
15th June 2018ce
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