STAR CARR

A MESOLITHIC SITE IN NORTH YORKSHIRE

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ABOUT STAR CARR

Star Carr is a Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) archaeological site, dating to around 9000 BC, just centuries after the end of the last Ice Age. It has become world famous in the archaeological world due to the preservation of artefacts found buried deep in the peat.

These incredibly rare finds include headdresses made from red deer skulls, thought to be used by shamans in ritual practices, barbed points (harpoons) used in hunting and fishing, the "oldest house in Britain", and the earliest evidence of carpentry that we have in Europe.

To find out more about the site and its history, visit the History of Research page.

LATEST NEWS

Antler headdresses

A new article has been published in PLOS ONE, detailing new analysis of antler frontlets found at Star Carr. Read the article at PLOS ONE, and find out more in the Headdresses section.


Shale pendant

An engraved shale pendant was found during the 2015 excavations. Find out more on the Pendant page, and read the Internet Archaeology article.


Other publications

In the last 3 months, two other new articles have been published. See the Publications page for details.

For more articles and videos, visit the News page.


LEARN MORE

Museum exhibitions

Antler frontlets are exhibited in a number of museums (Scarborough Rotunda, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge, The British Museum). The Yorkshire Museum also has an exhibition featuring Star Carr. You can find out more on the Exhibitions page.


Books

Our new book, "Star Carr: Life in Britain after the Ice Age" (which was nominated for Book of the Year) is now available to buy from retailers at RRP £13.

We have published a glossy booklet called "The Story of Star Carr"—all proceeds go to help fund more free public activities. To obtain a copy of the booklet please send a cheque for £3 made payable to "The Vale of Pickering Research Trust" to Claire Watkins, Department of Archaeology, University of York, The Kings Manor, York, YO1 7EP.