Let’s look at the broader geography and place Star Carr in a broader context of ancient sites, and historical sightings. Let’s move quickly to arrive at what the science can’t tell us.
And let’s begin far out at sea, The North Sea.
In the Mesolithic era, some 8,000 years ago, what we know now to be the North Sea was a land mass, a land bridge to what is now continental Europe. A rich and fertile pasture with maybe spruce and birch trees. Deer and ancient Elk were in abundance and other flora and fauna that provided sustenance. The name given to the region was Doggerland (named after the Dutch ‘Dogger’ fishing boats). Doggerland was inhabited by Mesolithic peoples.
As the sea levels rose some groups moved East to higher ground and some settled in the area around Flixton near a great lake. Let’s call them the Star Carr People. The lake supported fish although there is only small amount of evidence of this emerging, so could it be that the Star Carr People lived primarily off deer and Elk. Let’s go with that for now.
There were predators, certainly bears, big cats, possibly cave hyena and wolves of whom some may have been descendants of the prehistoric Dire Wolf.
‘Communities would come together from far-and-wide at significant points in the lunar year. Processing along the Gypsey Race, the sacred Winterbourne stream. Passing the great internment barrow of Willey Howe to summon ancestors. Entering into trance around the towering stone needle of the Rudston monolith. A great transmigration of souls. Shapeshifting into animal powers. The stag-woman, and dogman. Their presence can still be witnessed across the contemporary landscape. Stories of werewolves and cryptids. Animal mutilations. Missing time. Light forms. Orbs.’ (Intorduction to Tim Brennan’s ‘Songs from Star Carr’, 2021).
Useful Links: For more on the Mesolithic age visit Oxford University’s Ashmoleon Museum site visit https://britisharchaeology.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/collections/mesolithic.html