New discovery suggests Ice Age hunters targeted Bradgate Park as a hunting ground

Posted by ap507 at Mar 28, 2014 12:50 PM |
University of Leicester Archaeological Services involved in project discovering 15,000 year old remains in Bradgate Park
New discovery suggests Ice Age hunters targeted Bradgate Park as a hunting ground

© University of Leicester Archaeological Services; Suggested hafting positions of Cheddar points on wooden spears – the arrangement provides both tip and barb

Evidence that Bradgate Park was an ideal hunting ground for Ice Age hunters has been revealed for the first time by the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).

The dig at the Bradgate Park site took place between 24 February and 11 March - and the team has found that the flint tools present there date back up to 15,000 years ago.

The recovered flint technology and the particular type of tools indicate that the hunter-gatherers were of a culture termed ‘Creswellian’, named after Creswell Crags - a group of cave sites flanking a limestone gorge on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

While there are some twenty cave sites and a few more single Creswellian find spots around the UK, the Bradgate Park site is a very rare discovery of an open air site.

The work is part of a larger scheme to better understand the varied ecology and heritage of the Park, and enable Bradgate Park to enter into Higher Level Stewardship. Landscape architects Cookson & Tickner have been appointed to produce a Parkland Plan and ULAS have been commissioned to carry out some archaeological surveys.  

The project was undertaken by ULAS and assisted by Rob Clough, a Bradgate Park Ranger, as well as Graham and Christine Coombes who made the first finds of the flint pieces in 2001.

Images of Bradgate Park:

Bradgate Park on a Sunny DayA Fallen Log at Bradgate ParkA Wall at Bradgate Park