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Grime's Graves

Ancient Mine / Quarry


I had recently found an old guide book on Grime's Graves, from the 60's, by the exotically titled R. Rainbird Clarke, which had prompted me to revisit the site.
I haven't been here for around nearly a decade, and had forgotten the size of the surrounding area of the flint mines. It truly is quite a striking landscape, hidden deep within the forest.
Firstly I wanted to explore the mound, known as Grimshoe at the eastern edge. This mound found apparently much use later during Saxon times, as a meeting place. In fact understanding how the site had been used through the different periods, reinforced how uniquely important the site is.
I hadn't realised that the 'Goddess' figure found in Pit 15, is now widely thought to be a 'plant' to support the debated belief that the mines dated back to the Palaeolithic, which is kind of a shame. It's an intriguing tale, but would be more so if it were authentic.
With the visit being made on a weekday, late in the lovely sunny afternoon, with virtually no one else there, made it well worth the trip.
Posted by ruskus
12th June 2013ce

Comments (2)

Grimes Graves is in my 'top 10' sites to visit.
One day................
Posted by CARL
13th June 2013ce
Yeah, luckily I live quite nearby.

Unluckily for me, that means I'm so far from so much else that's out there (!).

"One day"? The way you're getting 'round these lovely sites, Carl, I feel that may be soon......

(by the way, I'm a Carl too. Someone's got to be...)
Posted by ruskus
14th June 2013ce
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