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Exploring Stone Age Archaeology: The Mysteries of Star Carr

Posted on 18 April 2019

An online course on Star Carr goes live July 1st

The Department of Archaeology will be running an online course on Star Carr from July 1st. The course is free and learners can join from anywhere in the world and learn more about this world famous site.

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.

We cover some of the most exciting discoveries from the mysterious antler frontlets to the strange engravings on the shale pendant using evidence from our excavations, and through applying digital methods, archaeological science and experimental archaeology. We hope that lots of people will join in!

For more information visit the FutureLEarn website at