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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Resolving the Issue of Artefact Deposition at Star Carr
Author(s): Taylor, Barry
Elliott, Ben
Conneller, Chantal
Milner, Nicky
Bayliss, Alex
Knight, Becky
Bamforth, Mike
Keywords: Star Carr
Lake Flixton
material culture
environmental data
radiocarbon dating
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2017
Date Deposited: 7-Jan-2019
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, pp. 23-42.
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.
DOI Link: 10.1017/ppr.2017.8
Rights: This article has been published in a revised form in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © The Prehistoric Society.

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