(ORDO NEWS) — In Wales, archaeologists excavating at Vaughan’s Cave, located beneath a historic medieval Tudor castle, have found traces of prehistoric humans.
According to Heritage Daily, archaeologists have been exploring the lower tiers of Pembroke Castle in Wales. This medieval fortress was built in 1093 by Arnulf of Montgomery during the Norman invasion.
It is believed that at first the fortress was built of wood and earth, but a century later it was rebuilt into a stone castle by the new owner, William Marshal.
Scholars know that the castle was built over the entrance to a natural void called Vaughan’s Cave. For the first time, field research was carried out in this cave.
As a result, the previously put forward theory that this cave was inhabited in the Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods was confirmed.
Excavations have proven that it could have been a refuge for cave dwellers. This is indicated by the analysis of deposits that have remained untouched for more than 10 thousand years.
Archaeologists have found bones of an ancient reindeer and a woolly mammoth, as well as primitive bone tools and mollusk shells.
These finds point to the presence of prehistoric humans in the cave over which Pembroke Castle was built 9,000 years later.
By the way, Pembroke Castle is a historical landmark not only because of its architecture. It is known from written sources that in 1457 Jasper Tudor brought his widowed daughter-in-law Margaret Beaufort here.
It was in Pembroke Castle that she gave birth to the future King of England, Henry VII, the first monarch from the Tudor house.
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