The Headdresses of Star Carr

Claire Dixon —  May 26, 2016

NORTH YORKSHIRE, England — Researchers have completed the first scientific study on the techniques used to create the oldest shamanic or ritual headdresses discovered in Europe. The red deer skull and antler artefacts were unearthed at Star Carr in North Yorkshire, England, and date to some 11,000 years ago in the Mesolithic era. When the site was discovered in the 1940s it yielded the largest haul of ritual items from the period ever found in Europe, and it is considered the most important area for Mesolithic study on the continent. – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2016/05/the-headdresses-of-star-carr.html#sthash.LTKiEbEm.dpuf

Now, 24 headdresses have been analysed under a five-year project led by the University of York. Twenty-one of them were from the original trove and three were discovered by the team during fresh excavations at Star Carr. The University of York’s Professor Nicky Milner, co-director of excavations at Star Carr, said, “These headdresses are incredibly rare finds in the archaeological record.”  She added, “This is the only site in Britain where they are found and there are only a few other headdresses known from Germany. This work into how they might have been made has given us an important glimpse into what life was like 11,000 years ago.” – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2016/05/the-headdresses-of-star-carr.html#sthash.LTKiEbEm.dpuf

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Folktales

Ever been interested in some of the folktales from around the world? These “folktales” at times hold clues to our Pagan past and we cam learn from them. This article and website is just one of many you can read them on. I have learned some very interesting things in the reading of folktales that have helped me to look at many of my beliefs in a different way or with more knowledge about them. If you find a particular culture you would like me to find out more about if I can and post my findings please leave me a message in the comments or email me at ladybeltane@aol.com

Many attempts have been made to define, classify, and describe the folktale. None of these attempts did a completely satisfactory job; the folktale is just too inclusive for such division. The term covers almost any traditional narrative, either oral or literary. Its diverse forms include legends and traditions, fairy tales, animal tales, fables, and of course myths.
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FOr the “Table of Contents” in this article to read folktales please click on this link: http://www.pantheon.org/areas/folklore/folktales/