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Wild boar jaw © 2000 Creswell Heritage Trust

Wild boar jaw

Fragment of upper jaw from Dog Hole Fissure. Early Post Glacial/Mesolithic, 10,000 years old

This portion of the right upper jaw (maxilla) and molar tooth of a wild boar (Sus scrofa) was excavated from Dog Hole Fissure by Rogan Jenkinson in 1978. The fissure was exposed due to a rock fall close to the cave of Dog Hole. Although not directly dated, this boar is likely to date to the Mesolithic judging from the fauna amongst which it was found. The presence of flint flakes and a substantial quantity of charcoal from the fissure implies human activity.

Wild boar, along with lynx and beaver, was a species of temperate woodland and was found from Britain to Siberia. It re-appeared early in the Post Glacial after 10,000 years ago. Large litters have meant that wild boar could be hunted in considerable numbers. They became extinct from Britain sometime during the Medieval period.

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