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Excavation photograph © 2000 The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester

Excavation photograph

Photograph of excavations by A.L. Armstrong at the entrance to Mother Grundy's Parlour. Photograph published in 1925.

Photograph taken by A.L. Armstrong and published in 1925 of excavations taking place on the west side of the platform in front of Mother Grundy’s Parlour, Creswell Crags. Behind the figure in the foreground is the area Armstrong described as the ‘inglenook’ where he found a concentration of Late Upper Palaeolithic flint tools. He suggested that was the place where a hunter had sat and knapped. In front is a small trench. Armstrong records that these small trenches were back filled after each visit and it is clear that excavating like this would not have given him a clear picture of the deposits in front of the cave. The person standing holding the sieve is G.A.Garfitt. Work proceeds with an audience of local school children. The caption to the published photograph reads ‘Treasure hunting at Mother Grundy’s Parlour’.

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, Knapped, Late Upper Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene, Retouch, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic