Understanding the bone and antler assemblages from Star Carr

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This paper comments on the bone and antler assemblages excavated from the Early Preboreal site of Star Carr (North Yorkshire, United Kingdom) between 2004 and 2015. It examines the spatial distribution of osseous material across the site, and discusses the various depositional processes which have led to their accumulation. As a previously excavated site, the published literature surrounding Star Carr has presented challenges for the traditional categories of animal bones, artefacts and osseous manufacturing waste. This paper uses some of the most high-profile finds from Star Carr, the red deer antler frontlets, as a case study for the examination of these tensions, and details the ways in which the most recent excavations required a reappraisal of the categorisation of these artefacts in light of new finds, technological analysis, and experimental replication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking at the sharp end: From bone and antler to Early Mesolithic life in Northern Europe
Place of PublicationHamburg
ISBN (Print)978-3-529-01861-9
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Apr 2019

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