Modern Humans

14 Sep 2013

At ... excavations in Kents Bank Cavern on Morecambe Bay in the 1990s found bones that ended up in a museum in Barrow in Furness (home of the Submarine museum, well worth a visit). Scientists from Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Nottingham have published their analysis of one of the sets of bones in Journal of Quaternary Science. A fragment of bones has been dated over 10,000 years ago and this is the earliest human remains from the northern half of Britain (following the retreat of the ice). Most cave burials came from southern Britain and these have been dated slightly earlier in time. Most interesting are the bones of elk and horse that date to the period between the end of the Ice Age and the onset of the Younger Dryas. Horses became extinct at this time, and were not reintroduced for thousands of years. Humans were living in places like the Lake District at the same time but no bones have been found to provide conclusive evidence.