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Ancient treasures that reveal the story of Neanderthals and modern humans in the UK will be on show in Humans in Ancient Britain, a free display running from 14 March to 7 June at Creswell Crags, UK.
Following the success of the recent blockbuster exhibition, Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, the Natural History Museum has put together some of the most fascinating objects in this new, object in focus display.
The Museum’s human origins expert Prof Chris Stringer said, ‘There’s great symbolism in the regional tour starting at Creswell Crags, where archaeological digs show that it’s an area steeped in ancient human activity. Touring these objects will help academics and visitors consider how these communities once lived.’
Creswell Crags is part of one of Europe's most important archaeological landscapes. It contains caves that provided shelter for Neanderthal and anatomically modern people through a crucial period of human evolution between 130,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Archaeological finds include flint and bone tools, and carvings, proving that Ice Age hunters visited the site to hunt reindeer and horse.
The Humans in Ancient Britain display features some of the oldest human remains ever found in Britain – the Swanscombe skull, found in Kent is thought to be about 400,000 years old.
Alongside this, objects illustrating the story of modern humans in Britain including an intricately carved 14,000-year-old harpoon point.
Creswell Crags will be running a series of events in connection with the display including a survival-skills day on 31 May and a lecture by Prof Chris Stringer on 12 May.