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CBA book short-listed for major prize

Star Carr front cover

It was announced today that the Council for British Archaeology’s recent book, Star Carr: Life in Britain after the Ice Age, has been short-listed for the Best Archaeological Book prize in the prestigious British Archaeological Awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum on 14 July to mark the start of the Festival of Archaeology.

Written by a team of researchers led by Professor Nicky Milner from the University of York, Star Carr: Life in Britain after the Ice Age explores the history of excavations at this iconic Early Mesolithic site and sets them against a background of other sites in north-west Europe. Dating from c 9000 BC, and first excavated in the late 1940s, the settlement at Star Carr has become famous for the head dresses made of red deer antler frontlets found at the site. The remains of the site are buried in peat which has resulted in exceptional preservation of organic materials such as wood and antler. Recent research has shown the settlement, which was situated on the edge of a lake, covered an area of about 2 ha.  Excavations have also revealed what are thought to be the remains of the earliest house ever-found in Britain. Environmental work has allowed a detailed picture of the lake and its surroundings to be built up and this has been used as the basis for beautiful paintings of the site by a reconstruction artist.

Extensively illustrated in full colour, the book is the first in the CBA’s new series of Archaeology for All titles, which aims to provide accessible, affordable books about key sites or periods in UK archaeology, written, whenever possible, by the excavators. The book was designed and typeset by Lucy Frontani at Carnegie Publishing in Lancaster.

Star Carr: Life in Britain after the Ice Age by Nicky Milner, Barry Taylor, Chantal Conneller and Tim Schadla-Hall is available from Oxbow Books price £13.


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