I enjoyed seeing and hearing about Creswell Crags directly from the discoverer. Dr Bahn was both passionate and knowledgeable and I particularly enjoyed the context that the initial presentation provided about Cave Art.
- Price: £140
- Limited To: 12
- Date: 18 May 2013, 15 Jun 2013
Just one place left in May.
New date in June!
- Limited group size of just 12!
- An exploration of the caves in which Britain’s only confirmed examples of Ice Age Art was discovered
- Led by the discoverer! Paul Bahn is one of the world’s leading experts in this field
- Evidence of the lives of our Palaeolithic ancestors in this valley
The engravings and paintings of the Ice Age represent the first known flowering of art and some have argue their appearance signifies the development of the modern human mind.
The beautiful limestone valley of Creswell Crags contains one of Britain's most important collection of Ice Age occupation sites, as well as Britain's only confirmed examples of Ice Age cave art, discovered in 2003 and 2004. Whilst modest in terms of internationally known Palaeolithic art, the fact that the tradition of rock and cave art extended into Britain is of importance.
Thanks to that discovery, the Creswell Heritage Trust was awarded a lottery grant to build a magnificent new museum and visitors centre, where the original material from the caves (tools and animal remains) can now be seen on display, in addition to the art itself - accessible via viewing platforms within the caves themselves.
Your guide for the day will be Dr Paul Bahn, a well-known specialist on prehistoric rock art worldwide, and the leader of the team that discovered the Ice-Age art at Creswell. Paul also guides many of our rock art tours. Only 12 people are allowed into the caves at a time - making this a unique and intimate introduction.
Meet at 10:30 at the Creswell Crags Visitor Centre.
The day's itinerary will be flexible, depending on other visitors, so that we can take advantage of space and the route will depend somewhat upon the weather. Paul will plan the day to explore Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures, examining the story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 100,000 years ago.
The day will finish at 17:00
TravelCreswell Crags is accessible by car. The local railway station is about a mile's walk. Please ring the office for more details. NB. There is no taxi rank at the local railway station.
A light sandwich lunch will be provided.
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