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Star Carr: Life after the Ice Exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum

This week a new exhibit was launched at the Yorkshire Museum showcasing the archaeological discoveries from Star Carr, one the most famous Mesolithic sites in the world. This interactive exhibit brings together artefacts from the site and provides visitors with a view back in time more than 11,000 years ago.

The Yorkshire Museum states:

“Explore the landscape they lived in through an interactive mural and soundscape and take a look at the incredible objects from the Yorkshire Museum Collection; including iconic antler headdresses, a unique, decorated stone pendant, the world’s oldest complete hunting bow and the earliest evidence of carpentry from Europe.”

The exhibit is open now and is included in the price of your ticket. Find out more about the exhibition on the Yorkshire Museum website.

A promotional banner for the 'Star Carr: Life after the Ice' exhibit

Star Carr Archives

The ADS holds a number of digital archives from the excavations at Star Carr, which are freely available via the ADS website.

  • Nicky Milner, Hayley Saul, Ben Elliott (2013) Star Carr Archives Project [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] 

A digital collection of materials from excavations by local amateur archaeologist, John Moore, and later Professor Grahame Clark, in the 1940s and 50s.

  • Laura Basell, Tony Brown, Tim Grapes, Ian Boomer, Chris Bradley (2017) Hydrological assessment of Star Carr catchment, Yorkshire [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] 

Data from a terrestrial laser scan data collected by the University of Southampton of the hydrological landscape of Star Carr, North Yorkshire.

A full digital archive of the archaeological investigations around Lake Flixton, North Yorkshire, incorporating the site records and reports from the excavations at Star Carr (2004-2015) and Flixton Island (2012-2014).

You can also search the Star Carr landscape via this map search.

A picture of the map interface for the Star Carr archive

Open Access volumes

Moreover, you can download and read the two open access volumes here: A picture of antlers from Star Carr in the Yorkshire Museum

Milner, N., Conneller, C. and Taylor, B. 2018. Star Carr Volume 1: A Persistent Place in a Changing World. York: White Rose University Press DOI: 

Milner, N., Conneller, C. and Taylor, B. 2018. Star Carr Volume 2: Studies in Technology, Subsistence and Environment. White Rose University Press DOI: 

And an Internet Archaeology article about the Star Carr pendant:

Milner, N., Bamforth, M., Beale, G., Carty, J.C., Chatzipanagis, K., Croft, S., Conneller, C., Elliott, B., Fitton, L.C., Knight, B., Kröger, R., Little, A., Needham, A., Robson, H.K., Rowley, C.C.A. and Taylor, B. 2016 A Unique Engraved Shale Pendant from the Site of Star Carr: the oldest Mesolithic art in Britain, Internet Archaeology 40.