Exhibition Objects

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Mother Grundy’s Parlour plan  © 2000 Derbyshire County Council:Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Mother Grundy’s Parlour plan

Plan of Mother Grundy's Parlour plan by A.L. Armstrong showing excavation areas.

Plan of Mother Grundy’s Parlour drawn by A.L. Armstrong on tracing paper and then in ink for publication. The drawings show a plan of the cave excavated in 1878, including the rear passage where a child’s skull had been found. The shaded area in front of the cave entrance on the west side of the platform shows the site of A.L. Armstrong’s excavation. Here, he found Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic flint artefacts and butchered wild horse teeth. Near to the centre of the excavation area, Armstrong has marked the position of a small hearth which was surrounded by limestone slabs. A radiocarbon date suggests that the hearth was Late Upper Palaeolthic. Armstrong described an area to the left of the hearth as the ‘inglenook’, where he envisaged a Palaeolithic flint knapper to have sat.

Glossary: Anatomically modern humans, Artefact, Assemblage, Backed blade, Backing, Biface, Blade, Bronze Age, 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, Radiocarbon, Retouch, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic