Creswell Crags for. We had been looking for engravings by shining a strong artificial light from the side and we had not been disappointed. For most of our 2003 visits, the weather had been dull and even rainy, so the natural light had usually been very poor in the Church Hole entrance chamber. We had noticed that some of the cave’s ceiling was strangely undulating, with bumps and hollows, and also with some bizarre sausage-like inclusions which we assumed to be fossils of some kind. At least one of these sausages had clearly been worked by man, but despite gazing at it for hours we had not been able to “read” it. The big problem with figures on ceilings is that one has no idea from which side to view them.
Paul Pettitt and Andrew Chamberlain, both of Sheffield University, together with Ian Wall of Creswell Crags, organised an international weekend conference in April 2004 in Creswell village itself. This was a great success, and enabled us to show our discoveries to rock art specialists from France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Australia. The event also served to inform the local people of the finds, and to show them that they had something of world importance in their midst. We had planned to spend only a couple of days in Church Hole immediately before the conference, just to check the accuracy of our tracings. But, as luck again would have it, last spring had beautifully sunny mornings, which provided excellent light in Church Hole’s entrance. We had no need of artificial light, and
Above Head of bison, Panel IV, and interpretative drawing.
Below Entrance to Church Hole Cave.
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