Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Victoria Cave, King's Scar

side rift entrance to Victoria Cave, Attermire

Victoria Cave was originally a small opening in King's Scar known as the Fox Holes. In 1837 Michael Horner followed a dog through the opening and discovered a series of chambers. The artefacts discovered inside let to a full scale excavation, enlarging the entrance to it's present size.

Victoria Cave near Langcliffe

The excavation revealed the story of the cave through the ages. 120000 years ago the cave had been a hyena den. Towards the end of the last ice age the cave was a place of refuge for hunter-gatherers and in Romano-British times the cave was used as a shrine.

CaveMaps.org has a detailed map of Victoria Cave. :-)

7 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

How cool and I love the historical background. Fantastic shot from inside the cave.

Tina said...

that is fascinating. i would love to crawl through that gap and have a nosey and see what the chambers are like.

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Sharkbytes said...

I love caves, and the history of this one is really interesting.

The Ancient Digger said...

What a great location. What kinds of artifacts were found here and where are they now?

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

What interesting pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Secondary Roads said...

Interesting photos and history.

Sharkbytes said...

John - thanks for entering the contest at myqualityday.blogspot.com. You didn't enter an essay, so Ratty won, but you got a text link. Sorry I made you struggle so much, but thanks for finding the error!

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