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Exploring Stone Age Archaeology: The Mysteries of Star Carr

University of York via FutureLearn


Learn about the incredible discoveries at Star Carr

Star Carr is one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites. Because of extraordinary conditions of survival, we have uncovered the oldest known house in Britain, the earliest evidence of carpentry in Europe and the oldest complete bow in the world. These and other discoveries help us interpret what life might have been like over 10,000 years ago.

On this course you will learn about the excavations of Star Carr, exploring what this site can tell us about where we came from, the origin of everyday things, and how much we have changed.

The course is for anyone with an interest in the past and archaeology, and particularly for people with no previous archaeological background who may be considering higher education study.


  • Excavations at Star Carr
    • Welcome
    • The history of excavations at Star Carr
    • What can sediments tell us?
    • What would it have looked like?
    • End of Week Quiz
  • Stone
    • Introduction
    • Introducing stone tools
    • The shale and amber beads
    • The Star Carr pendant
    • Final thoughts for the week
  • Plants
    • Introduction
    • Making fire
    • Plants and their uses
    • Structures
    • End of week
  • Animals
    • Introduction
    • The animals found
    • The bone and antler artefacts
    • Final thoughts

Taught by

Nicky Milner


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  • Isidora Dumitrov completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Excellent and very informative course. Each chapter had extra material to work with. I finished course very early because I had plenty of time to work on it. Even if you are not beginner this course can offer you detail information about excavation of Star Carr.

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