Friday, August 25, 2006

Update on Creswell Crags

There's a short online report detailing the results of recent excavations at the British rock art site of Creswell Crags. Given that the team was digging up the spoil heap of 19th Century excavations that took place at the site, it's perhaps not surprising they didn't find too much. What they did find, however, covers the range from the Middle Ages all the way to the Gravettian. The exact nature of all Pleistocene chronological attributions is unclear.

Not terribly informative as to exactly what was found, tool-wise, aside from a potential Pleistocene awl, though the report includes this tentalizing if vague excerpt:

"There was one possible find of Ice Age art, which researchers will be examining further, and the excavation will provide the archaeologists with enough information to plan a further major dig at the site next year."

The report does include a neat image showing the outline of some of the engraved stags identified in 2003 and 2004.

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