Saturday, 13 August 2011

Rock Art From The Gower Peninsular Finally Dated

Engraving from the Gower Peninsular, Wales
In my first blog post, I documented a recent discovery of what we think is the oldest rock art in Britain. The depiction of a spear impaled reindeer came from a cave at the Gower peninsular in Wales which was made during the last few thousand years of the ice age. Due to a quirk of glacial geology, the ice sheets stopped just two kilometres from the cave, giving the artist timer to create the drawing. The date was uncertain. However results have finally been published and it turns out that they are 12,572 +/- 659 years old - slightly younger than suspected, but still the oldest art in Britain.