Maybe the Oldest Pagan Fashion Statement

The ongoing excacations at the Mesolithic site of Star Carr in Yorkshire has turned up what is now thought to be the oldest house in Britain—10,500 years.

Archaeologists describe finding “red deer skull tops which were worn as masks.”

“And the artefacts of antler, particularly the antler head-dresses, are intriguing as they suggest ritual activities.”

(Red deer are essentially the same as North American elk.)

So there you have it: antler headdresses and masks go way back.

Despite the recent slump in housing prices, the Star Carr home, originally built for a cost of three flint choppers, is now worth at least fifty bear skins.