Bronze pommel from the handle of a sword found in excavations at Robin Hood Cave - Creswell Crags
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Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge, through which flows Millward Brook, complete with caves and smaller fissures. Creswell Crags is one of the most important archaeological sites in Britain. It was used as a seasonal camp by Ice Age hunters over 45,000 years ago. Hunters came following herds of mammoth, reindeer, horse and bison over the grassy plains of Ice Age Britain, and used the caves of Creswell Crags as shelters. Archaeologists have found fossil animal bones including mammoth and hyena, and flint stone tools left behind by our ancestors. The stone tool and remains of animals found in the caves date to the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Later bronze implement were found suggesting that the caves gave shelter to continued groups of people throughout time. The finds shown here are Romano-British. All of the caves are protected by metal grills to preserve the rare archaeological deposits that remain inside. Today life of these Ice Age hunters is brought to the visitor through various displays; audio visual, an interactive computer program, cave tours and events. A woodland walk leads down to the gorge where there are natural caves known as Robin Hood's cave, Churchole, Grundy's Parlour and the Pin Hole. According to legend, Robin Hood came here to seek refuge from nearby Sherwood Forest.