Skip to comments.Oldest rock art in Britain: 12,800 years
Posted on 04/24/2005 1:40:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Hard evidence that the engravings of women and extinct creatures at Creswell Crags are more than 12,800 years old is published today, making them Britain's oldest rock art.
Creswell Crags, on the Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border, is riddled with caves which contain preserved evidence of human activity during the last Ice Age.
Recently, engravings were found on the walls and ceiling depicting animals such as the European Bison, now extinct in Britain, female dancers or birds - depending on the view of the archaeologist - and intimate female body parts.
Dating rock art is difficult, especially if there are no charcoal-based black pigments that can be radiocarbon dated, so the precise age is only known in rare cases.
However, scientists from Bristol, Sheffield and The Open Universities were able to measure minute traces of radioactive uranium in thin limestone crusts that had coated the engravings.
These measurements allowed the scientists to establish the age of stalagmites in Church Hole - which contains most of the engravings - at around 12,800 years, more than double the age of earlier, uncontroversial, examples of ancient art.
The results establish once and for all the authenticity and Ice-Age antiquity of the rock art. The results will be discussed by Dr Alistair Pike of Bristol tomorrow at the British Rock Art Group conference in the university.
Wow, that's pretty old for rock art. Wonder what the age of the oldest rock music in Britain is...
Sorry...thought you were talking about the Rolling Stones.....
engravings of women and extinct creatures at Creswell Crags are more than 12,800 years old
Oops! Another whack at the 6,000 year old Earth belief !!! ;-))
Now that's prehistoric!....no satisfaction there!
Dead man walking maybe?
And you just know he'll outlive them all!
Oldest British cave art and its the work of a horny cave dude grafittiist. Porno cave tagger...lol.
Ogg like women...Ogg draw dirty picture...
They'll be here soon to enlighten us, I'm sure.
The archaelogists point to this engraving as proof that the find is at least 12,800 years old.
Madeline Albright stars in the remake of weekend at Bernies......
It would be nice if all FReeperes would do a thorough investigation prior to posting the pic of this very same ancient engraving.
My research had shown that this creature is actually 24,000 years old, and that it was responsible for developing the first journalistic service, carving into stone the name of said service:
FOCK SNOOZE !!! ;-))
"Oops! Another whack at the 6,000 year old Earth belief !!! ;-))"
Whacks against the Word of God are good things, they test the faith of believers. If there is a God and he said 'this is so' then it is so irrespective of all the terrifying and awesome 'whacks' against it.
Bush's fault, with the collaboration of Pope Benedict XVI.
Natch. And you WILL find freepers who will tell you all those cave man souls are burning in hell because of it.
DNA sample links 2 men, 9,000 years apart
July 31, 1997
Web posted at: 3:40 p.m. EDT (1940 GMT)
CHEDDAR, England (CNN) -- Adrian Targett is a regular guy in Cheddar, a schoolteacher. His extended family is another matter -- real cavemen, some of them.
Or at least, thousands of years ago they were. Targett learned recently that he is the direct descendant of a man who lived 9,000 years ago, and whose bones were found at the turn of the century in Cheddar's famous caves. Scientists compared the DNA from one of Cheddar Man's molars to that of scrapings taken from the mouths of 20 local Cheddarites, and Targett was a match.
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