British Cave Drawings May Be 12,000 Years Old

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Drawings thought to be the first example of Ice Age cave art to be found in Britain were revealed for the first time yesterday.

The drawings on cave walls of animals and geometric patterns at Creswell Crags, near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, are believed to be about 12,000 years old and were discovered in April this year.

Archaeologists said the location is the most northerly place on Earth where Ice Age art has been found and the discovery is one of the most important prehistoric finds in the UK.

The images have remained unidentified on the walls of the caves for hundreds of years because they are not clearly visible and can only be identified by a trained eye under special light conditions.

The first tours of the site took place yesterday headed by the men who made the discovery, Paul Bahn, Paul Pettitt and Sergio Ripoll.

Dr Bahn, who is the country's leading Ice Age art specialist, said he and his colleagues believe the figures were engraved during the Upper Paleolithic period.

Most rock art in Britain is thought to be about 8,000 years younger and are usually engravings or motifs on rock faces and boulders in open, non-cave sites. …