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The remains, including bones of at least seven people, were recovered from a newly discovered cave in 1964

Two boxes of human bones that have been forgotten for 55 years date more than 9,000 years old and are as old as the Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton in Britain

  • Radiocarbon dating of bones was found to be the same age as Cheddar Man
  • The bones were found in Carrington Park Quarry in 1964 and left in storage
  • Originally believed to be of Roman origin, they date back to millennia
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Two boxes of human remains, including the bones of seven people, were found 9,000 years old, as old as the famous Cheddar man.

They were first found in 1964 in a cave in Cannington Park Quarry near Bridgwater, Somerset.

They disappeared soon afterwards and were recently found at Somerset Heritage Center near Taunton, Cotswold Archeology said.

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The remains, including bones of at least seven people, were recovered from a newly discovered cave in 1964

The remains, including bones of at least seven people, were recovered from a newly discovered cave in 1964

Shortly after they disappeared and were recently found at Somerset Heritage Center near Taunton, Cotswold Archeology said.

Shortly after they disappeared and were recently found at Somerset Heritage Center near Taunton, Cotswold Archeology said.

Shortly after they disappeared and were recently found at Somerset Heritage Center near Taunton, Cotswold Archeology said.

The remains, including bones of at least seven people, were recovered from a newly discovered cave in 1964.

Osteoarchaeologist Sharon Clough, of Cotswold Archeology, said the results were very surprising, because the bones were originally considered Roman and from a cemetery near where they were discovered in 1964.

They were placed in boxes and transferred between museums, including the Natural History Museum in London, before they were misplaced.

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& # 39; It was a bit of a mystery, I had assumed they were archived with the rest of the post-Roman cemetery excavation, & # 39; said Mrs. Clough.

& # 39; But they were plucked from the rubble in the cave and were not seen as part of the main graves, so they were only mildly interesting and were archived and forgotten. & # 39;

They were eventually traced to Somerset before undergoing carbon dating.

Radiocarbon dating has shown that the remains are more than 9,000 years old - as old as the Cheddar Man - the oldest complete skeleton in Britain

Radiocarbon dating has shown that the remains are more than 9,000 years old - as old as the Cheddar Man - the oldest complete skeleton in Britain

Radiocarbon dating has shown that the remains are more than 9,000 years old – as old as the Cheddar Man – the oldest complete skeleton in Britain

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Clough described the remains of at least seven people as & # 39; some of the oldest known people who inhabited this country & # 39 ;.

Cheddar Man lived 9,000 years ago in the Somerset area and was buried in Cheddar Gorge where his almost complete skeleton was discovered in 1903

She said that two thigh bones, one adult and one under the age of 18, were found to be over 9,000 years old & # 39; both of which place bones very clearly in the early Mesolithic & # 39 ;.

Cheddar Man lived 9,000 years ago in the Somerset area and was buried in Cheddar Gorge, where his skeleton was discovered in 1903.

Clough said that mesolithic human remains & # 39; extremely rare discoveries & # 39; are in this country.

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& # 39; Cheddar Man has all the bits, but we only have many long bones, a few skulls and a few bits of pelvis, & # 39; she said about the latest discovery.

& # 39; But it is very exciting to find human remains from this date. & # 39;

She added that the cave & # 39; completely destroyed & # 39; was by digging in the nineties, so the bones are & # 39; the only remaining evidence for what now appears to be a rare Mesolithic burial place & # 39 ;.

HOW DO PEOPLE LIVE DURING THE MESOLITHIC PERIOD?

The Mesolithic period, also called Middle stone age, is an ancient period (8000 BC to 2700 AD) that took place between the Paleolithic period (old stone age) with its demolished stone tools and the neolithic period (new stone age) with its polished stone tools.

The material culture of the Mesolithic is characterized by more innovation than the Paleolithic.

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Among the new types of demolished stone tools were microlytes: very small stone tools intended to be mounted together on a shaft to produce a serrated edge. Polished stone was another innovation that originated in some Mesolithic groups.

Northern European Mesolithic People (called Maglemosian & # 39; s, which flourished around 6000 BC, left traces of primitive huts with bark-covered floors and adzes for working wood.

In Starr Carr in Yorkshire there are signs that there were four or five cabins, with a population of around 25 people. There are indications that these sites may only be occupied seasonally.

An artist & # 39; s impression of tribes fishing during the Mesolithic period

An artist & # 39; s impression of tribes fishing during the Mesolithic period

An artist & # 39; s impression of tribes fishing during the Mesolithic period

Aracheologists have also found smaller flint tools from this group. These were mounted as points or barbs for arrows and harpoons and were also used in other composite tools.

They used adzes and chisels made from antlers or bone, as well as needles and pins, fishhooks, harpoons and fish pears with different teeth. There are also some larger tools made of base stone, such as club heads.

Wooden structures have also been found and have been well preserved due to the preservative properties of swamps. Some of the structures discovered are ax handles, paddles and a canoe and fishing nets are made with bark fiber.

Deer were hunted, as were fish and water birds, and some species of marsh plants may have been used.

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