Ancient deer mask gives insight into hunting

An ancient deer mask was discovered at Star Carr Mesolithic archaeological site in North Yorkshire, England. The mask is thought to be around 11,000 years old.

One of the three Mesolithic deer skull headdresses from the new exhibition.

Star Carr was occupied during the early Mesolithic archaeological period and the site was preserved because Lake Flixton, where the skulls were discovered, was filled in with peat. This peat kept the skull from rotting away.

Currently on display at Li Ka Shing Gallery at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are 33 deer skull masks, tools, and jewelry.

These masks may have just been a superstitious ritual that was part of this ancient culture. The masks may have been used for hunting, however; Dr. Joy told reporters that “part of the antlers were removed… One suspects the deer wouldn’t have been fooled!”

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