According to the recent news, researchers uncovered a Stone Age magic pendant in Yorkshire. It is believed the sacred jewel belonged to a shaman who performed hunting-related rituals. Experts found the pendant during excavation operations at the Early Mesolithic site in North Yorkshire.
At the moment, the 11, 000 year old artifact is considered to be one of a kind in the United Kingdom. Scientists described the shale-made jewel as being engraved with mysterious markings. These markings are, in fact, representations of events or objects in numerical form. The pendant was inscribed in such a way that the markings looked very fade.
Archaeologists suggested the artifact was deliberately designed this way. They explained the markings appeared almost invisible when they weren’t closely studied. According to the researchers, the Stone Age magic pendant was found at Star Carr in the Vale of Pickering. This location is known as having been inhabited by Mesolithic people. Also, the most important Mesolithic site is at Star Carr, near Scarbourough.
The research group used different digital microscopy methods to generate high resolution pictures to see the engraving style. Also, the experts conducted a series of scientific tests to determine whether the pendant had been strung or worn. Moreover, they tried to point out if various pigments would have made the artifact’s line more visible.
After the examinations, researchers claimed the artifact was used by shamans when they performed ceremonial activities. The almost invisible lines of the pendant ensured the information was accessible only to a specific group of individuals. Experts claim the markings are related to numerous hunting expeditions and rituals which shamans wanted to remain secret.
A shaman was a very important person. He was seen as having access to and influence in the spirit world. Also, shamans were often praised due to their healing powers. This theory is supported by other such findings, such as previously found headdresses. Earlier excavations revealed 21 ritual headdresses carved out of red deer skulls and antlers. Also, other similar artifacts were revealed in the last three years. Dr. Barry Taylor, co-director of excavations claimed
‘When we study prehistory we deal with very long periods of time and often focus on very broad issues’.
According to him, prehistoric people were very spiritual and they put their belief in various entities. Ancient societies believe the world they lived in was full of invisible forces. Shamans were the only ones who could control such powerful spirits.
They often did this by performing various types of rituals. Professor Peter Jordan, expert on shamanisn and animism, explained shamanic communities regarded hunting as a deeply spiritual process. Shamanic communities regarded death as being the release of the soul. They had all sorts of rituals and dances when they were killing an animal in order to ease the creature’s way into the spirit world.
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