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Creswell Crags, Worksop

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England, near the villages of Creswell and Whitwell. The cliffs in the ravine contain several caves that were occupied during the last ice age, between around 43,000 and 10,000 years ago. Its caves contain the northernmost cave art in Europe.The caves contain occupation layers with evidence of flint tools from the Mousterian, proto-Solutrean, Creswellian and Maglemosian cultures. They were seasonally occupied by nomadic groups of people during the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. Evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Roman and post-medieval activity has also been found there. There is evidence of Neanderthal occupation 50,000–60,000 years ago, a brief Gravettian occupation around 32,000 years ago and use of all the main caves during the Magdalenian around 14,000 years ago. The site is open to the public and has a visitor centre with a small museum of objects associated with the caves, including a stuffed cave hyena.
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  • Visited a few years ago (please ignore date selection - the choices don't go back to 2001!) - fantastic place! The atmosphere is quite surreal. It has an amazing history and well worth a visit for ear...  read more »
  • We only live about two miles from the crags and probably walk there every couple of weeks. We are both retired but still find the place fascinating. The natural history of the crags in all its raw spl...  read more »
  • My son is currently learning about the Stone Age and so we decided to spend a Sunday afternoon in early October at Creswell Crags. The website gives you the postcode to use for the sat nav, telling yo...  read more »
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