The Arch

Towards the top of the cliff, on the northern side of the gorge, are three caves known as The Arch (also known as Lions Mouth), Cave 7 and Cave 8. Apart from a small trench dug at the back of the Arch Cave by Simon Collcutt in 1974, only casual finds from this cave have been made by Leslie Armstrong, Rogan Jenkinson and Roger Jacobi. The bone remains consist mainly of bison with rare remains of wolf and reindeer. There is no evidence for people using this cave.

W.L.H. Duckworth and F.E. Swainson, in or before 1895, most likely excavated either Cave 7 or Cave 8. During this excavation they found bear, spotted hyaena, woolly rhinoceros, reindeer and bovids. One piece of reindeer bone possibly from one of these caves has cut marks which may have been made by Neanderthal people.

Examine the Reindeer leg bone found at Creswell Crags.


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