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Gough's Cave

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<b>Gough's Cave</b>Posted by hrothgarImage © Roger Milton
Nearest Town:Wells (12km ESE)
OS Ref (GB):   ST466539 / Sheet: 182
Latitude:51° 16' 52.25" N
Longitude:   2° 45' 56.62" W

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New information about life in Gough's Cave continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd June 2010ce
Edited 23rd June 2010ce

More on 'Mammoth' carving

This page at the 24 Hour Museum has a photo and diagram of the newly-found carving.

(You can call me a cynic, but when you think "mammoth", what features come to mind? Fur. Tusks... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
19th August 2007ce
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Prehistoric cave art found in Gough's Cave

"It might not have the instant impact of modern graffiti but a mammoth carved on to a wall in Cheddar Caves 13,000 years ago is being hailed as one of the most significant examples of prehistoric art ever found in Britain... continues...
baza Posted by baza
14th August 2007ce
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A cave in the famous Cheddar Gorge.

Britain's oldest complete skeleton, ‘Cheddar Man’, was buried in Gough's Cave 9,000 years ago and discovered in 1903. Humans lived in the caves for 40,000 years, leaving behind many stone-and-bone clues to their lifestyle. DNA tests in 1997 established that Cheddar Man still has descendants living in Cheddar.

It seems like Gough’s cave is now part of the whole Cheddar Gorge ‘tourist experience’. The ‘Caves & Gorge Explorer Ticket’ allowing access to everything (i.e. including Gough’s Cave) cost almost 9 for an adult in 2002. It is open all year though.
pure joy Posted by pure joy
9th February 2003ce
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Dr Silvia Bello explains in this short video how she thinks a skull (found at Cheddar Gorge in 1987) was carefully chipped into a bowl shape (with the implication that it could then be used as a cup).

Her article is here:
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th February 2011ce
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Official website of Gough's Cave (part of Cheddar caves)

pure joy Posted by pure joy
10th February 2003ce
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