The original deer hunters

Natalie McCaul, Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum
Natalie McCaul, Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum
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SOME of the most remarkable and complete finds from Britain’s Stone Age have been assembled for the first time in an exhibition in Yorkshire.

Deer skull head-dresses, bone harpoons and amber jewellery are some of the highlights of the year-long After the Ice exhibition which opens today at the Yorkshire Museum in York. The displays tell the story of Yorkshire in the Mesolithic period dating back 11,000 years.

The objects, on loan from museums nationwide, come from Star Carr, near Scarborough, where Mesolithic settlements once stood on the shores of a huge lake. Star Carr is noted internationally for understanding hunter-gatherer communities of the Mesolithic period.

Our picture shows the museum’s archaeology curator, Natalie McCaul, holding a red deer antler frontlet. picture: GARY LONGBOTTOM