…. is a cave at Burrington Combe in Somerset, England and is the earliest scientifically dated cemetery in Britain. The human bone fragments it contained were from about 21 different individuals, are thought to be between 10,200 and 10,400 years old.
A series of inscribed crosses found on the cave wall are believed to date from the early Mesolithic period which came just after the last Ice Age. The pattern is said to be comparable with others known from Northern France, Germany and Denmark. A gate has been installed in the cave to protect the engraving, after consultations between English Heritage,the landowner and English Nature.
The cave was discovered in 1797 by two men digging for a rabbit and was excavated and the entrance enlarged in 1860 by William Boyd Dawkins who named it after his mentor William Talbot Aveline.
Archaeology in caves. Awesome.