Exploring Stone Age Archaeology: The Mysteries of Star Carr

FutureLearn Exploring Stone Age Archaeology: The Mysteries of Star Carr

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
University of York
Effort
4 hours/week
Length
4 weeks
Language
English
Cost
Free
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
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.

What topics will you cover?
  • The excavations at Star Carr: highlighting how the site was discovered, what has been found and how excavations are undertaken, in order to convey the excitement of discovery.
  • The use of stone: how hunter-gatherers used stone to create tools which were required for every aspect of their daily lives (their Swiss Army knife!)
  • The use of plants: plants were used for everything from making fires to building houses.
  • The use of animals: we explain what animals were in the landscape at that time and how people used them for food, skins for clothing and their bones for artefacts.
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.

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Nicky Milner and Team
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FutureLearn
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