Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


15 March 2011

Earliest human skull-cups made in the UK

Natural History Museum, 16/02/2011

The earliest known examples of human skull-cups have been uncovered in the UK, Natural History Museum scientists report in the journal PLoS One. The 3 cups are made out of 14,700-year-old human skulls and were found in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset. They would have been used by ice age Britons and this is the first evidence of human skull-cup manufacture in the UK. The human skulls belonged to 2 adults and 1 child and a precise replica of one of the adult skull-cups will go on display in the Museum from 1 March 2011 for 3 months.

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