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Making fire

At Star Carr we have evidence that people were making fire. Professor Nicky Milner explains.

Here several strands of evidence from Star Carr are pieced together to suggest how sparks might have been made and then tinder and wood would have been used to build a fire. This would then have been used for keeping warm and for cooking food.

From analysing the charcoal from the site, our evidence suggests that only birch and willow/poplar was used in making fires.

Further resources

If you would like to read more about the charcoal evidence please see Chapter 32 in our free book.

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