Paviland Cave, Gower, Wales

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A limestone cave also known as Goat's Hole on the Gower peninsula of South Wales excavated in 1822 by Dr William Buckland. Deposits in the cave contain a rich Upper Palaeolithic assemblage of faunal remains and flint tools dating to the period c.36 000 through to 8000 bc. However, the site is most famous for the human burial whose bones had been stained red with ochre and which was accompanied by a series of ivory objects. Buckland named this burial ‘The Red Lady’ of Paviland, although it is now known that it is the remains of a young adult male of about 24 000 years ago.


S. Aldhouse‐Green (ed.), 2000, Paviland cave and the ‘Red Lady’: a definitive report. Bristol: Western Academic and Specialist Press

Subjects: Archaeology.

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