Resolving the issue of artefact deposition at Star Carr

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620746
Title:
Resolving the issue of artefact deposition at Star Carr
Authors:
Taylor, Barry; Elliott, Ben; Conneller, Chantal; Milner, Nicky; Bayliss, Alex; Knight, Becky; Bamforth, Mike
Abstract:
Since its publication in 1954 Star Carr has held an iconic status in British Mesolithic archaeology. The original excavations at the site recorded a large assemblage of bone and antler tools from a sequence of peat deposits at the edge of the Lake Flixton. Over 60 years later this remains the largest assemblage of bone and antler artefacts of its date in Britain and has been an invaluable source of information for life in the early Mesolithic. However, the interpretation of this material has been the subject of intense debate, and the assemblage has been variously described as the remains of an in situ settlement, a refuse dump, and the result of culturally prescribed acts of deposition. Fundamentally, these very different ideas of the nature of the site depend on differing interpretations of the environmental context into which the majority of the organic artefacts were deposited. This paper presents the results of recent work at Star Carr that helps to resolve the debate surrounding both the context of the assemblage and the motivations that lay behind its deposition.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; University of York; University of Manchester; University of York; Historic England; University of York; University of York
Citation:
Taylor, B., Elliott, B., Conneller, C., Milner, N., Bayliss, A., Knight, B. & Bamforth, M. (2017). Resolving the issue of artefact deposition at Star Carr. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 83, 23-42.
Publisher:
Prehistoric Society
Journal:
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
Publication Date:
24-Oct-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620746
DOI:
10.1017/ppr.2017.8
Additional Links:
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-prehistoric-society/article/resolving-the-issue-of-artefact-deposition-at-star-carr/70E569AF0E349CC787384F301EC74B8A
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0079-497X
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Barryen
dc.contributor.authorElliott, Benen
dc.contributor.authorConneller, Chantalen
dc.contributor.authorMilner, Nickyen
dc.contributor.authorBayliss, Alexen
dc.contributor.authorKnight, Beckyen
dc.contributor.authorBamforth, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-07T10:58:55Z-
dc.date.available2017-12-07T10:58:55Z-
dc.date.issued2017-10-24-
dc.identifier.citationTaylor, B., Elliott, B., Conneller, C., Milner, N., Bayliss, A., Knight, B. & Bamforth, M. (2017). Resolving the issue of artefact deposition at Star Carr. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 83, 23-42.en
dc.identifier.issn0079-497X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/ppr.2017.8-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620746-
dc.description.abstractSince its publication in 1954 Star Carr has held an iconic status in British Mesolithic archaeology. The original excavations at the site recorded a large assemblage of bone and antler tools from a sequence of peat deposits at the edge of the Lake Flixton. Over 60 years later this remains the largest assemblage of bone and antler artefacts of its date in Britain and has been an invaluable source of information for life in the early Mesolithic. However, the interpretation of this material has been the subject of intense debate, and the assemblage has been variously described as the remains of an in situ settlement, a refuse dump, and the result of culturally prescribed acts of deposition. Fundamentally, these very different ideas of the nature of the site depend on differing interpretations of the environmental context into which the majority of the organic artefacts were deposited. This paper presents the results of recent work at Star Carr that helps to resolve the debate surrounding both the context of the assemblage and the motivations that lay behind its deposition.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPrehistoric Societyen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-prehistoric-society/article/resolving-the-issue-of-artefact-deposition-at-star-carr/70E569AF0E349CC787384F301EC74B8Aen
dc.subjectMesolithicen
dc.subjectArchaeologyen
dc.subjectStar Carren
dc.titleResolving the issue of artefact deposition at Star Carren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; University of York; University of Manchester; University of York; Historic England; University of York; University of Yorken
dc.identifier.journalProceedings of the Prehistoric Societyen
dc.date.accepted2017-07-01-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectAHRC Doctoral Award 2007/135399en
rioxxterms.identifier.projectQR Funded Departmental Research Leaveen
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-04-24-
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