Article

Resolving the Issue of Artefact Deposition at Star Carr

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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, pp. 23-42. https://doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2017.8

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.

Keywords
Star Carr; Lake Flixton; Mesolithic; deposition; material culture; environmental data; radiocarbon dating

Journal
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society: Volume 83

StatusPublished
FundersEuropean Commission
Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online24/10/2017
Date accepted by journal15/08/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28454
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN0079-497X
eISSN2050-2729

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