Ammonites from Aveline's Hole, Somerset

Spelaeological Society Museum


Aveline’s Hole is now known to be the largest Mesolithic cemetery in Northern Europe. It is believed that some sixty individuals were interred in the cave, which was kept sealed between burials and re-used over a period of about 100 years.

A group of seven ammonites was discovered in an older, Upper Palaeolithic layer in the cave. The regularity of shape displayed by all six surviving specimens is believed to demonstrate human workmanship. It appears that the ends of the ammonites were coated with a substance of some nature, possibly clay. We can only guess at their significance to the individuals with whom they were buried.

  • Photographer: Graham Mullan
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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