Exhibition Objects

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Human skull fragment © 2000 Creswell Heritage Trust

Human skull fragment

Bone from Robin Hood Cave. Neolithic, 5,000 years old.

This fragment of the front of a male human skull (frontal bone) was excavated by John Campbell from scree deposits in front of the west entrance to Robin Hood Cave in 1969. This specimen was originally interpreted as Late Upper Palaeolithic and the victim of head hunting. Radiocarbon dating now indicates that this individual lived approximately 5,000 years ago during the early Neolithic period (5,000 ± 40 BP OxA-7386) and was possibly one of the first farmers to settle in this area. This supports evidence elsewhere that early farming communities were using the caves as burial sites during the later prehistoric period.

Glossary: Anatomically modern humans, Artefact, Assemblage, Backing, Biface, Blade, Bronze Age, Cordiform, Core, Cortex, Creswellian, Culture, Debitage, Early Upper Palaeolithic, Flake, Flake tool, Glacial, Hafting, Handaxe, Ice Age, Interglacial, Late Upper Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Neolithic, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene, Radiocarbon, Retouch, Scree, Sediment, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic