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This 11,000-Year-Old Piece of Wood is More Than it Seems

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This 11,000-Year-Old Piece of Wood is More Than it Seems

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It looks like a fairly nondescript plank of wood, found in the fields of Star Carr. But from an archaeological perspective, it?s far more significant: it?s the oldest piece of carpentry found anywhere in Europe.

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Yorkshire, England. A town known for its pudding, cricket, and--so it seems--Mesolithic shamans. Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota examine a treasure trove of ancient wonders found at an archaeological site in Star Carr, including headdresses, tools, and weapons made from deer skulls, bones, and antlers. They also find evidence of the oldest houses ever built in Britain, proving that our 11,000-year-old Ice Age ancestors were a lot more sophisticated than previously believed.

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