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That’s no lady

In the thread before this one, drew458 mentioned there was evidence of people in Britain going back 33,000 years, in the last interglacial. There’s not only evidence, there’s a person. This skeleton was found in a cave called Goat’s Hole in Wales in 1822, along with bones of various animals, including a mammoth tusk.

The man who first explored the site was William Buckland, Professor of Geology at Oxford. It’s a shame it was such early find – I can only imagine what modern scientists could do with a proper dig – but to do him credit, Buckland made excellent drawings and notes.

For some reason, he got it in his head she was a Roman prostitute. It became known as the Red Lady of Paviland. Modern archaeologists weren’t the only fanciful ones.

Actually, it’s the partial skeleton of a young man. It’s red because the body was covered in red ochre as part of the burial ritual. And, yes, it’s dated to 33,000 BP (before present).

HOWEVER, the earliest human remains found in Britain so far was a half million year old legbone of a Homo heidelbergensis found in a pit in Sussex. That, you probably realize, was several ice ages ago.

I heard it said at a history talk once that Britain has been colonized eight times, and seven times the settlement failed. That stuck with me. But it would be more accurate to say that Britain has been colonized eight times and seven times an ice age has come along and wiped them all out.

We’re just hanging out, waiting for #8.


Comment from dissent
Time: April 29, 2021, 11:05 pm

Well, if those danged volcanoes around the world would just up and erupt properly, then we’d have ourselves a proper ice age, and when sea levels fell we could just walk out onto all these old neolithic sites and give them a proper investigation.

At least until the thousands foot glacier rolled into the neighborhood.

Comment from drew458
Time: April 30, 2021, 2:08 am

Thanks for that. I got my info from one of those sorta twitchy history pages, the one you mentioned last week or so. It’s only a few days walk from Cork to Wales, when the Irish Sea is empty and dry.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 30, 2021, 9:13 am

Cool, then we can visit the Bismarck and the Titanic.

Oh, and Atlantis.

But the Aliens will probably have to move their undersea bases back to the Arctic and/or the dark side of the moon.

And some nonbinary 6 gendered bright lights will come up with the idea of starting nuclear glacier melting because OMG Climate Change when xhi read the guarantee xhi got at birth which states “the climate will always stay the way xhi/xhy/xho/they remember it being and will never change”.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 30, 2021, 2:16 pm

@durned…yeah like numbskull Bill Gates who wants to shoot a layer of dust into the ionosphere to occlude the sun to slow down global warmening. Why are the globalists such genocidal nutcases? (rhetorical question)

Comment from Sporadic SAF
Time: May 3, 2021, 5:34 pm

Archaelogolists tell more stories than possums do, and each time you stumble on a story you accept them at a rate equal to possum re-enactments, Dame Stoat.

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