Gorham’s Cave excavations uncover more Neanderthal artefacts

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GORHAM’S CAVE, the Gibraltar site of important Neanderthal discoveries, has thrown up new clues to the lives of modern humans’ ancient cousins. Shortly after a new set of excavations got underway in July 2015, archaeologists have uncovered tools and the remains of a campfire, dating back 48,000 years.
In 2014 excavations, researchers found what has been described as Neanderthal art, with a series of patterns scratched into the wall. Until that point, it had generally been believed that artistic expression was solely the preserve of Homo sapiens.
The newest discoveries are “certainly exciting,” leading member of the team and director of the Gibraltar Museum Professor Clive Finlayson told newspaper the Gibraltar Chronicle.
Gorham’s Cave, is one of the last known settlements of Neanderthals in Europe, before the species died out.
This summer’s work in the middle section of the cave will continue for the next few weeks.

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