Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England

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This narrow gorge contains numerous caves and rock‐shelters occupied during the Upper Palaeolithic, especially the period 25 000 to 12 000 years ago. The complete skeleton of an adult male was found in Gough's Cave in 1903 and it was initially believed to be the remains of a Palaeolithic person. It is now known to be the remains of an adult male dating to around 8000 bc, the early Mesolithic.


R. Jacobi, 1982, Ice Age cave‐dwellers 12 000–9000 bc. In M. Aston and I. Burrow (eds.), The archaeology of Somerset. Taunton: Somerset County Council, 11–13

Subjects: Archaeology.

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