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THE DRAWINGS ON THE WALL
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Sunday 3 February, 14.45 - 15.00
Programme One: The Legless Ladies of Creswell Crags.
George Nash explores Church Hole cave on the former estate of the Duke of Portland, at Creswell Crags.

Sheffield archaeologist Dr Paul Pettitt shows him some of his recent discoveries from the cave - spectacular carvings including prehistoric red deer, human figures and geometric designs.

These were carved before the first farmers harvested their crops at a time when advanced hunter/fisher/gatherers were roaming the landscape. 

The Naked Ladies of Cresswell Crags
Photograph courtesy of Dr George Nash.

These marks on the cave wall may just look like a random set of lines but archaeologists believe that the boomerang shapes with triangles at the centre actually represent women.

In order to carve them the artist would have had to be down on his hands and knees and working upside down as the images are close to the original floor level of the cave

But who was creating this rock art and why? And what is the modern equivalent?

Can modern graffiti help us understand ancient rock art? Join George Nash to find out whether the Naked Ladies of Creswell Crags and work by graffiti artists such as Banksy have more in common than it first seems.

Two photographs of work by Banksy, of a soldier (on the left) and work at Park Street, Bristol (on the right)
Images of graffiti by Banksy. Photograph courtesy of Dr George Nash.

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