by Tim Brennan — The Great Antler Ley

2 — Close to the edge of Science

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. Dear and ancient Elk were in abundance and other flora and fauna that provided sustainance. The name given to the region was Doggerland (named after the Dutch ‘Dogger’ fishing boats). Doggerland was inhabited by Mesolithic peoples.

shell design
from ‘Star Carr Sequence – Shell’, Tim Brennan, 2021

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 evidence of this emerging so could it be that the Star Carr People lived primarily off Dear 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.

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