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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.