Archaeologists from Durham University will be visiting Anston Stones again to perform a dig near Dead Man’s Cave on 3-15 of July this year and the team will be led by Professor Mark White.
The dig will concentrate on an area in a small gorge near the top path to Dead Man’s Cave and the team will be excavating small trenches near to the rock face. This is a follow up to the successful dig in 2015 and visitors will be able to speak to members of the archaeological team about their work.
Anston Gorge is designated a SSSI and with good cause. It is one of the finest examples of the gorges within the Creswell Limestone Heritage Area. The landscape is dominated by Magnesium Limestone cliffs and the general area supports distinctive types of rare plants and animals and ancient woodlands.The limestone was used in the rebuilding work at the Houses of Parliament after the fire in 1834. Dead Man’s cave was excavated in the 1960’s and archaeologists found flint stone tools used by hunters 12,000 years ago. Bones from Ice Age animals such reindeer and hyena were also found.
Dead Man’s Cave can be reached from the top path through the Stones, keep going until you see a field with what looks like a large bird box box in it, turn right into the woods for a few yards and the cave is in a little gorge when you reach the rock face.
Professor Mark White will give a presentation at Anston Parish Hall on Wednesday 13 July at 7pm. Everyone is welcome and visitors are recommended to view the display boards in the parish hall which give more information about Anston Stones from the Ice Age to the present day.
Anston Stones covers approximately 88 acres and is a SSSI (pronounced “triple S-I”) site which is the designation for a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as such it is protected by law. Damaging any part of it can lead to a criminal prosecution.
Please be careful when you’re walking with young children and dogs near Dead Man’s Cave as a wrong step could mean a nasty tumble and it’s a long drop.
(Don’t forget to clean up after your dog)
After last year’s dig Professor White published a report:
This report, with photographs, explains in detail the findings of the dig in 2015.