Life in the Mesolithic is part of the Engaging Young People with the Mesolithic Project being run by Emily Hellewell and a team of other PhD students and Masters and Undergraduate students from the Archaeology Department at the University of York and in association with the Young Archaeologists’ Club and the Star Carr Project. The project is being funded by a Researcher Led Development Projects grant from the Researcher Development Team at the University of York.


This project aims to increase the awareness of the Mesolithic period in children aged 8 to 16 years, primarily through the production and dissemination of a suite of specially designed activities based on life in the Mesolithic and to therefore communicate cutting edge research to a wider audience than usually reached by academic publication.


  • To produce a high quality resource pack containing 10 easily reproducible activity ideas for young people based on Mesolithic life. The packs would also include background information to support the facilitators of the activities and other resources needed to complete the activity.
  • To make a hard copy of the resource pack available locally to East Yorkshire schools, nationally to over 70 local YAC Branches, approximately 40 YAC Institutional Members (schools and groups), and additionally available to freely download in PDF format by the public via a suitable web platform, such as the Star Carr website  and the YAC website.
  • To deliver the activities to young people at public events including an open day at King’s Manor, York.