Engraved rib bone fragment, estimated to be some 12,500 years old, showing the profile of a horse. Found in 1876 at Creswell Crags and now on long-term loan from the British Museum to the Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre. Source Wikipedia. Image credit DaveKav
Creswell Crags is one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites, as important as Stonehenge or Hadrian’s Wall. The caves tell the fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age when the Crags were amongst the most northerly places on earth to have been inhabited by our ancient ancestors. The recent cave art discoveries underline the international significance of the site
The Crags have suffered from the late nineteenth century when the Creswell Caves became known to scientists. Early excavators used dynamite to blast their way into the caves, and a road and a sewage works have been built in the gorge. Tens of thousands of archaeological finds from the site are now dispersed amongst 30 different museums around the UK.

The Creswell Initiative is the title of a major project which proposes to carry out the works necessary to look after, protect and tell people about the story of life at Creswell Crags. The total cost is estimated at £14 million. The project will give a major boost to the local economy, creating a new vision for the future of this ex-coalfield area.

Source Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre.