Historic caves to appear on camera

A television series being broadcast on S4C in the new year will feature a historic site in Denbighshire whether the oldest human remains were discovered.

The remains of 19 Neanderthal teeth, dating back 230,000 years were discovered at the Pontnewydd Cave near Cefn Meiriadog following excavations which took place over many years.

Neanderthals were a different species of humans who use to live within this landscape. Studies have shown that the teeth found have come from at least five individuals ranging from children to adults.

Around 1,000 hand axes were also found, together with the remains of other animals, such as a brown bear skull, making it one of the most significant archaeological sites in Wales.

The cave is protected for its geological and archaeological interests. During the Second World War the Cave served as a munitions store and a wall was built across the cave entrance. 

The site will feature  as part of the Cynefin series on S4C, where archaeologist Iestyn Jones will tell people about the importance of this site and will show the inside of the cave.

Pont Newydd Cave has also been the subject of a long term research programme at Amgueddfa Cymru.

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Posted on Friday 22nd December 2017