Archaeology Talk in July

Posted by Tenby Museum on Jun 15, 2017 Blog No Comments

As part of the museum’s Annual Lecture programme, Elizabeth Walker, Specialist Curator for Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology at National Museums Wales will be giving a talk entitled The First Visitors to Tenby: Evidence for the Early Prehistoric Use of Caves.

There are a number of important caves that lie close to Tenby and many have undergone excavation, uncovering a wealth of archaeological information and finds.  One of these tools, now on display in the museum, comes from Hoyle’s Mouth Cave and dates back around 34,000 years ago.  This tool provides some early evidence for anatomically modern humans like ourselves in the area at an early time.

The talk will present the evidence that has been recovered from recent work at Hoyle’s Mouth and Little Hoyle Caves as well as describing the finds from the many caves on Caldey Island and in Pembroke.  It will focus on new analysis and dating of the stone tools from the Hoyle Caves.  It will also describe some of the now extinct animals that once roamed the area including woolly rhinoceros, mammoth, bear and reindeer to present a picture of the changing climates, environments and life in prehistoric times.

The talk will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 14 July.  Tickets are £5 (£4 with Friends of the Museum membership card) and it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.