Star Carr, Seamer
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Star Carr is an area of waterlogged ground on the site of a former lake edge on the outskirts of Seamer, near Scarborough in NorthYorkshire.  It was excavated in the early 1950s by Prof.Sir Graham Clark and found to be a Mesolithic camp site, where hunting and preparation of red deer took place.

The waterlogged conditions were perfect for preserving organic material and so a great deal of evidence has been recovered. Very many wooden and bone tools, antler artifacts and worked flint points were found in the original excavations as well as later investigations in the 1970s and 1990s.  Among the oddest things are a series of perforated red deer skull fronts that might have been used in ceremonial activities.

The whole site was based around a wooden platform that is believed to have been submerged in the lake borders.  Another common find on the site was rolls of birch bark. One interpretation is that the site was used to preserve the red deer pelts because they could be anchored down to the platform in the peaty water and surrounded by the birch bark rolls, which would preserve the skin over a period of time.

Another interpretation is that the site was used for ceremonially depositing  offerings to some form of water god.