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Woolly Mammoth bones found under Pembroke Castle


Archeologists discover prehistoric cave containing 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth bones underneath Henry VII’s Pembroke Castle

  • Archeologists have found a ten,000-year-old woolly mammoth in South Wales
  • They were digging in a prehistoric cave situated underneath Pembroke Castle 
  • The positioning, generally known as Wogan Cavern, was utilized by humans and ice age animals 
  • The castle was where the primary Tudor king, Henry VII was born in 1457 

Bones of a woolly mammoth from 10,000 years ago have been present in a prehistoric cave under the castle where Henry VII was born.

Archaeologists are set to perform an additional excavation of the limestone cave hidden below Pembroke Castle which dates to the Stone Age.

They hope to search out further evidence of how the positioning – generally known as Wogan Cavern -was utilized by early humans and animals within the Ice Age.

Pembroke Castle was first inbuilt 1093 and rebuilt a century later and in 1457 the primary Tudor king, Henry VII was born there.

The Woolly Mammoth bones were discovered in a cave underneath Pembroke Castle in South Wales by a team of archeologists 

The first Pembroke Castle was built in 1093 above the prehistoric cave

The primary Pembroke Castle was inbuilt 1093 above the prehistoric cave 

Scientists have revealed a preliminary search of the cave last yr found bones from reindeer and woolly mammoth showing it was likely a very important place for the Mesolithic period.

Dr Rob Dinnis of the University of Aberdeen and Dr Jenni French of the University of Liverpool, will lead the dig to uncover parts of the cave hidden for greater than 10,000 years.

Dr Dinnis said: ‘We’re incredibly enthusiastic about this yr’s excavation. Prior to our work next to nothing was known in regards to the archaeology of Wogan Cavern.

‘It has long been assumed that the cave was dug out either throughout the medieval period when it formed a part of the castle or throughout the very poorly-recorded Victorian antiquarian digs.

‘Our work shows that is just not the case. As a substitute it’s now clear that the cave has real potential as an early prehistoric site.’

Pembroke Castle was where the first Tudor king Henry VII was born

Pembroke Castle was where the primary Tudor king Henry VII was born 

Historians had believed the cave was dug out during the construction of the castle, but now they have found proof of its prehistoric importance

Historians had believed the cave was dug out throughout the construction of the castle, but now they’ve found proof of its prehistoric importance 

The cave, and chateau, are situated on the Pembroke River, which ends up in the Irish sea and mouth of the cave was used for storage within the Middle Ages.

Through the thirteenth century the cavern was incorporated into the castle’s defences with a big watergate being built across its mouth.

The dig might be funded by the Natural History Museum and the British Cave Research Association.


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