Paviland Cave, Stone Age burial site

Paviland Cave, Stone Age burial site

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Caption: Paviland Cave. Located on the Gower Peninsula in southern Wales, this Stone Age burial site is where the oldest known human fossil skeleton in Europe was found. The fossil skeleton dates to around 33,000 years ago, and it was discovered in 1823 by the British geologist, the Reverend William Buckland (1784-1856). The skeleton is that of a man, but is known as the Red Lady of Paviland due to misidentification at the time. It is thought he was a hunter, and that he was given a ritual burial in this limestone cliff with the mammoth bones found with him.

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