London’s Natural History Museum: Earliest Human Skull-Cups Made in the UK


LONDON.- One of the human skull-cups made by ice age Britons 14,700 years ago unearthed from Gough’s Cave. The process required great skill and knowledge of anatomy. The 3 cups are made out of 14,700-year-old human skulls and were found in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset. They would have been used by ice age Britons and this is the first evidence of human skull-cup manufacture in the UK. The human skulls belonged to 2 adults and 1 child and a precise replica of one of the adult skull-cups will go on display in the Natural History Museum from 1 March 2011 for 3 months. Making containers out of human skulls may sound gruesome but the practice is well known worldwide. It has been documented from the Vikings and Scythians to recent peoples, and other potential skull-cups have previously been unearthed. However, archaeological evidence of the details of this practice is extremely rare and this new research reveals for th