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Post by Dragon on Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:37 pm

Archaeologists say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a 'crayon' – possibly used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying colour to their animal skins or for artwork.

The ochre crayon was discovered near an ancient lake, now blanketed in peat, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. An ochre pebble was found at another site on the opposite side of the lake.

The pebble had a heavily striated surface that is likely to have been scraped to produce a red pigment powder. The crayon measures 22mm long and 7mm wide.

Ochre is an important mineral pigment used by prehistoric hunter-gatherers across the globe. The latest finds suggest people collected ochre and processed it in different ways during the Mesolithic period.

The ochre objects were studied as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Archaeology and Physics at the University of York, using state-of-the-art techniques to establish their composition.

The artefacts were found at Seamer Carr and Flixton School House. Both sites are situated in a landscape rich in prehistory, including one of the most famous Mesolithic sites in Europe, Star Carr.

A pendant was discovered at Star Carr in 2015 and is the earliest known Mesolithic art in Britain. Here, more than 30 red deer antler headdresses were found which may have been used as a disguise in hunting, or during ritual performances by shamans when communicating with animal spirits.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:38 pm


Credit: Paul Shields/University of York

The crayon revealed a sharpened end.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:40 pm


Credit: Paul Shields/University of York

The ochre pebble revealed a heavily striated surface.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:44 pm



Star Carr is an Early Mesolithic site in the eastern Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, UK. During excavations in 2015, an engraved shale pendant was found in sediments formed at around 9000 cal BC. According to researchers, the artwork on the pendant is the earliest known Mesolithic art in Britain.

 
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Post by YehaNoha on Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:58 am

It's interesting read on what was used so many moons ago. It's even more astounding to see jewelry from way back then... first thought when I looked at that pendant... kind of reminds me of a map engraved on it.

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Post by Cloud on Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:37 am

YehaNoha wrote:It's interesting read on what was used so many moons ago. It's even more astounding to see jewelry from way back then... first thought when I looked at that pendant... kind of reminds me of a map engraved on it.

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Oh that's really smart thinking YehaNoha, it would make sense too .. that they could have used them as guides like maps
that sounds realistic

The lines must have  some meaning, trails or something else.. still, interesting to think how different times were

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