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Mesolithic shale pendant

An engraved shale pendant was found during the 2015 excavations at Star Carr. Engraved motifs on Mesolithic pendants are extremely rare, and this object is the earliest example of art yet found in Britain.

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The earliest house in Britain

In 2008 we excavated what has become known as the earliest house in Britain. We only have the remains of a structure with a hollow in the ground that would have been filled with plant materials (perhaps to keep the floor warmer) and maybe even covered with furs or hides. Around the outside of the hollow was a set of postholes—posts would have been placed in shallow holes and something similar to a teepee would have erected.

Size of a Mesolithic settlement

We now know that our ancient hunter gatherer ancestors were not nomadic but built houses and built settlements some of which, like Star Carr, appear to be much larger than previously imagined.

Preserved in peat

As one of the most important Mesolithic sites in Europe, the peat-filled depths of Star Carr, near Scarborough, have revealed a host of sensational archaeological finds.

European grant

Winning a European grant has enabled the Star Carr team to carry out further excavations in order to learn more about this important site. But time is running out as the peat deposits continue to degrade.

Understanding Mesolithic Settlement and Environments

Probably the best known is the site of Star Carr in North Yorkshire, where excavation, supported by Historic England, is ongoing. We have also commissioned projects to map the potential for stratified Mesolithic sites on the wetland/dryland edge in a number of key locations.