Creswell Crags: Management of Pleistocene Archives and Collections

Creswell Heritage Trust, 2006

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The Creswell Crags collection assessment project was initiated by the Creswell Heritage trust with funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund distributed by English Heritage.

Creswell Crags and Heritage Area is one of the most significant Pleistocene archaeological landscapes in the United Kingdom. The Heritage area currently constitutes 21 known sites as well as numerous unexplored caves and rock shelters. Archaeological research, beginning in the 1870s, has generated substantial archaeological archives comprising Middle and Upper Palaeolithic artefact assemblages. These include include the type assemblage for the Creswellian Upper Palaeolithic stone industry, bone art engravings as well as a huge body of faunal material.

The project took the form of an audit and assessment of the Pleistocene Collection excavated from Creswell Crags and the immediate limestone heritage area. The survey set out to establish the location, range, quantity, quality and condition of Creswell Pleistocene archaeology. A key aim was to publish the findings of the survey in order that future research and presentation has an assembled corpus of information on which to draw. The study is the first step to more detailed assessments, analyses and future management of the collections.

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