Gower cave could hold Britain's oldest rock art

Monday 25 July 2011, 12:20

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Archaeologist Dr George Nash of Bristol University believes a wall carving discovered in a Gower cave could be Britain's oldest example of rock art.

The faded scratchings of a speared reindeer are believed to have been carved during the Ice Age more than 14,000 years ago. Dr Nash, called the discovery "very, very exciting."

For now, the exact location of the art is being kept secret as experts are working to verify the art.

The limestone cliffs along the Gower coast are renowned for their archaeological importance. The Red Lady of Paviland, actually the remains of a young male, is the earliest formal human burial to have been found in western Europe. It is thought the remains are around 29,000 years old.

Read more about this remarkable find on the BBC Wales News website.

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    Comment number 1.

    i have some related data to some of your very welcome and edifying blogs

    MATTHEWS:

    auto engine dudder was reinvented and patented in 2008 by james cornwell et. al. at PENN state u., usa. it is real.

    ARTHUR:

    my family thinks it descends from one ARON who married arthurs youngest sister. they say arthur was a morgan.

    GOWER CARVING:

    i was shocked to find a PERFECT image of an infant girl in back of reindeer scratches - this agrees with implausible (till now) family mythology. you can print out enlarged jpg end view from bottom edge at angle just to right of midline.

    have much data on these items, much of it hard to fathom.

    im working on it

    ken thomas
    INDIANA, USA

 

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