Bone engraved with a horse

For the classroom

Engraved bone


The horse engraved on a bone.

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© Trustees of the British Museum. Presented by the Creswell Caves Exploration Committee

Flint tools


Flint engraving tools or burins. Such tools could be held like a pencil. They were used for drawing but also for cutting out pieces of bone and antler, which were then made into everyday items such as needles, fish hooks, harpoon and spear tips and jewellery.

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Living in the Ice Age

Source: creswell-crags.org.uk

Resources on the Creswell Crags website about living in the Ice Age.

Visit the site http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/Explore/virtually-the-ice-age/stone-age-people.aspx

The Ice Age on video

Source: bbc.co.uk

A selection of short BBC videos about the Ice Age.

Watch these videos on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/ancient_earth/Last_glacial_period#intro

Surviving animals

Source: bbc.co.uk

A two-minute BBC video of animals that have survived since the Ice Age.

Watch the video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/history_of_the_earth/Pleistocene#p007vzdq

Ice Age art

Source: bradshawfoundation.com

Gallery of Ice Age portable art from the Bradshaw Foundation. You might want to choose a few of the engraved animals to show on the whiteboard.

Visit the site http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/sculpture/gallery.php

Britain’s landscape

Source: nhm.ac.uk

Maps from the Natural History Museum showing landscape changes in Britain.

Visit the site http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/human-origins/humans-in-britain/what-was-britain-like/changing-landscape/index.html

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

Creswell Crags

Source: creswell-crags.org.uk

At Creswell Crags you can see the cave where the bone was found and Church Hole Cave with wall engravings.

Visit the site http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/

Gough's Cave

Source: cheddargorge.co.uk

There is also Ice Age occupation at Gough's Cave, Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers.aspx

Kent's Cavern

Source: kents-cavern.co.uk

Kent's Cavern in Torquay, Devon, is another cave occupied in the Upper Palaeolithic period.

Visit the site http://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the British Museum to see Ice Age art.

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers.aspx

Bone engraved with a horse