Core collection of pleistocene artefacts and ecofacts originating largely from excavations in Creswell Gorge and Creswell Heritage Area, the earliest 1875 (Boyd Dawkins & Mello), but mainly from excavations carried out in 1970s and 80s. Ancillary collection of Holocene artefacts and ecofacts from various excavations in Creswell Crags Heritage Area between 1976-1990. Small ancillary collection of miscellaneous Quaternary artefacts and ecofacts from other parts of the East Midlands and other parts of the UK. Small collection of similar material from Jordan, Israel and Pakistan.
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Creswell Crags Visitor Centre
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The Museum and Education Centre is a modern building set in a small woodland at the eastern end of the Creswell Crags gorge.
The collections include artefacts and ecofacts and associated information relating to the Pleisticene archaeology, geology and palaeontology of the Creswell Crags Gorge, and the Creswell Heritage Area.
Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tool and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provides evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Creswell Crags was among the most northerly places on earth to have been visited by our ancient ancestors, a story that is unique on a European and World scale. All of the caves are protected by metal grills to preserve the rare archaeological deposits that remain inside. At the east end of the gorge is the Museum and Education Centre. The gorge is part of the Creswell Heritage Landscape Area.
The Museum exhibition "The Age of Ice" tells the story of human and animal survival in the harsh climate of the last Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago
The audio-visual theatre provides a video "Edge of Extinction" showing a prehistoric picture of Creswell Crags and the archaeological digs which have taken place here.
The Activity room provides "hands on" activities. Two touch screen computers allow visitors to find out what it takes to be a successful Ice Age hunter as well as developing their archaeological excavation skills. Alternatively, there is a virtual cave tour around Robin Hood Cave. Replica fossil skulls can be handled and examined to really feel the difference between a Neanderthal and us. Younger visitors can enjoy stone rubbing or picture colouring.
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