Ancient ‘Crayon’ Found In England

A 10 thousand-year old Ancient Crayon was discovered in England.

The world’s oldest ‘crayon’ has been discovered in England.

Archaeologists discovered an object believed to be the oldest crayon in the world. The 10000-year old artifact is presumed to have been used by Mesolithic people to color their homes and animal skins.

The ochre crayon was reportedly found near Lake Flixton, an ancient lake in-filled with peat, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire in England. In addition to the drawing stick, archaeologists also found an ochre pebble at another site on the opposite side of Lake Flixton.

The crayon measures 22mm in length and is 7mm thick, according to the study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Ochre is a mineral pigment believed to have been an important coloring material for prehistoric hunter-gatherers. This latest find suggests the pigment was collected and process in different ways in the Mesolithic Era.

“The pebble and crayon were located in an area already rich in art. It is possible there could have been an artistic use for these objects,” explains lead author, Dr. Andy Needham, of the University of York’s Department of Archaeology.

According to Dr. Needham, color was a very important part of hunter-gatherer life and ochre was responsible for giving surfaces a very vibrant and rich color. The object had been established as an ancient crayon due to the faceted tip that has a round and a “really sharpened” end akin to a modern crayon.

Dr. Needham claims that the object sheds light on how primitive people used colors to give meaning to their surroundings. More so, he believes the Mesolithic period to have been a very “colorful place”.

The pebble has a heavily striated surface that could have been scraped to make pigment powder.

The two artifacts were found at Seamer Carr and Flixton School House, both of which are located in one of the most famous Mesolithic sites in Europe, Star Carr. A pendant was discovered at Star Carr in 2015 and is the earliest known Mesolithic art in England.

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