View Full Version : Mesolithic pendant found in Britain

27-02-16, 17:42

"YORK, ENGLAND—An 11,000-year-old pendant has been discovered in lake-edge deposits at the Early Mesolithic site at Star Carr in North Yorkshire. It is triangular in shape, was carved from a single piece of shale, has a hole in one corner, and is engraved with a series of lines that scholars think could represent a tree, a map, a leaf, or tally marks. At first, the artifact was thought to be a natural stone, since the perforation was blocked by sediment. “It is unlike anything we have found in Britain from this period. We can only imagine who owned it, how they wore it, and what the engravings actually meant to them,” Nicky Miller of the University of York said in a press release (http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2016/research/mesolithic-shale-pendant/). Shale beads, a piece of perforated amber, and two perforated animal teeth have also been recovered from the site. “The designs on our pendant are similar to those found in southern Scandinavia and other areas bordering the North Sea, showing a close cultural connection between northern European groups at this time,” added Chantal Conneller of the University of Manchester."

I have no idea what the designs are meant to represent.


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/02/25/17/318DC7E900000578-3464192-The_pendant_is_made_from_a_single_piece_of_shale_a nd_is_engraved-a-20_1456421855802.jpg

27-02-16, 19:58
Very interesting. It really looks like there is some information written on it.