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Wookey Hole

Cave / Rock Shelter


Janet & Colin Bord's 1978 book, 'A Guide to Ancient Sites in Britain' says that it's a long way back in time from the relatively recent occupation of Wookey Hole to the occupation of the nearby Hyena Den, a small cave which was occupied during the Old Stone Age, 400,000 years ago. Hyena Den, with its 30cm thick bed of bones, was discovered by the workmen digging the canal. Excavations in 1852 brought to light the bones of many Ice Age animals - cave lions and bears, mammoths, bison, hyenas, wooly rhinoceroses, elk and others - as well as flint implements. Archaeologists reckon that the cave was occupied by hyenas and man alternatively between 35,000 and 25,000 BC. It seems that packs of hyenas drove their prey over the cliff edge and then ate the remains. There is also a theory that early man may have done the same. pure joy Posted by pure joy
9th February 2003ce
Edited 3rd April 2016ce

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