Barry Taylor

"Although much of what we know about sites like Star Carr comes from scatters of worked flint and artefacts of bone and antler, life would have involved more than simply making and using material things. We know that people were building fires at the site where they would have prepared food, sitting together as they ate, telling stories and exchanging news. We can imagine the sounds of shouted greetings, the excitement as hunters returned with their kill, laughter as people told jokes, all mingled in with the rustling of branches and reeds in the wind and the water of the lake lapping at the shore. The air would have been thick with the smell of smoke and cooking food, the dampness of the swamp and the woodland undergrowth. This was a place that people experienced, it was a place that was familiar to them, it was their home."