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Creswell Crags, Worksop

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    Took my reluctant teens for an afternoon out to Creswell Crags. When we arrived I booked us into a Robin Hood Cave tour two hours later. Kids were not impressed they would have to be there for two hou...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Creswell Crags reveals the secrets of Britain's ancient history through unique insights into how our ancestors lived in a time when mammoth walked the countryside of Nottingham. Take the Cave Art Cave...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Saw this place featured on Countryfile (I think) but had completely forgotten about it. The other half took me there last week and we had a lovely couple of hours. We booked a guided tour of Church Ho...  more »

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