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A photograph of the front of the pendant
The engraved pendant

The pendant

The Star Carr pendant is a unique find. It is similar to the other Star Carr beads in that it is made of shale, but it is a different shape to the others and engraved on one side. It is also still fairly small - only a couple of cms across (roughly the size and shape of a plectrum). Although unique, the engravings are typically Mesolithic in the geometric style.

Whenever I go and see it on display at the Yorkshire Museum I am always suprised how small and thin it is! It is also suprising how faint the lines are (the photograph above has been well lit in order to enhance the lines). In fact I can hardly see them with my naked eye and even with glasses I struggle to see the very small lines.

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