Not long after the ice retreated at the end of the last Ice Age, people moved north. Some settled at the edge of a lake in what is now the Vale of Pickering. Somebody drilled a hole in a flat piece of stone, a shale that was not too hard to do this. Perhaps it was to be used as a pendant. And then they scratched some lines into one surface. We don't know why, but it was a deliberate act of mark-making that must have taken effort and concentration over time. It was the earliest known piece of art found in the British Isles. I've copied the patterns that our ancient ancestor made but instead of scratches in a stone I used coloured oil paint on canvas. Because I can.
For more information about the Star Carr Pendant see:
A Unique Engraved Shale Pendant from the Site of Star Carr: the oldest Mesolithic art in Britain bu Nicky Milner et al. Internet Archaelogy 40. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.40.8
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