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Aveline's Hole

Aveline's Hole

Aveline’s Hole

On Sunday 8th January 1797, two boys chased a rabbit down a hole in Burrington Combe. Not wanting to lose it, they widened the hole that it had disappeared down and discovered one of the most important archaeological finds to date. Early reports suggested that there were between 70 and 100 skeletons lying on the floor of the cave. The cave was excavated and the entrance enlarged in 1860 by William Boyd Dawkins who named it after his tutor William Talbot Aveline.

Modern radiocarbon analysis of the remaining fragments has confirmed that the human bones date roughly from 10,200 to 10,400 years ago. This makes it the oldest cemetery in the British Isles.   For more information on Aveline's Hole and it's fascinating history why not download the information sheet from the resource centre.