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Section drawing © 2000 The British Museum

Section drawing

20th century drawing of sediments shown in section from A.L. Armstrong’s excavation in Mother Grundy’s Parlour

A drawing in pen and colour wash by A.L. Armstrong of the sediments on the western side of the platform in front of Mother Grundy's Parlour during his excavation between 1923 and 1925.

The division of the cave-earth into zones is arbitrary and unsupported by changes in the sediment. These zones were used to introduce some sort of vertical control when, probably late in the excavation, Armstrong realised that artefacts from the top layer (Mesolithic) were different from those at its base (Late Upper Palaeolithic). The range of animals is also suggested as having gradually changed from one which included mainly Pleistocene species (base zone) to one which, with the exception of bison, is modern (upper middle zone). More recent, and better documented, excavations on the platform have failed to confirm this simple pattern of transition. Instead the picture is far more complicated with Late Glacial and Post Glacial artefacts and fauna overlapping stratigraphically.

Glossary: Anatomically modern humans, Artefact, Assemblage, Backed blade, Backing, Biface, Blade, Bronze Age, Cave-earth, Cordiform, Core, Cortex, Creswellian, Culture, Debitage, Devensian, Early Upper Palaeolithic, Flake, Flake tool, Glacial, Hafting, Handaxe, Holocene, Ice Age, Interglacial, Late Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene, Retouch, Sediment, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic