Prehistoric Llandudno

Llandudno Museum tells the story of the archaeology of the local area back into prehistoric era to a time just after the last Ice Age.

The Great and the Little Orme are mainly made of limestone, which is eroded easily by water, forming caves. In several of these caves evidence has been found of occupation since prehistoric times.

Kendrick’s Cave has the earliest signs of human occupation but Pant y Wennol Cave was probably used as an animal den from even earlier times. The bones of a variety of animals have been found in this cave – hyena, wolf, deer, pig and goat – even the ankle bone of a woolly rhinoceros.

The Ice Age art and burials found in Kendrick’s Cave in the late 1870s are now recognised as much more than local curiosities. The unique decorated horse jaw, the extraordinary notched deer bones and well preserved human remains found on the Great Orme by Thomas Kendrick are now acknowledged as being of international importance in understanding our past.

Click here to view Ebol (which means "foal" in the Welsh language).

Taking a poetic look at man's changing relationship with the horse, the film, which is embedded in the landscape of the Conwy Valley, is founded on three extraordinary prehistoric objects, all of which were found there: the 13,000 year old chin bone of a horse incised with patterns, a 2,000 year old gold coin and an Iron Age ceremonial 'crown'.

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Replica of the Kendrick’s horse jaw bone

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Human remains from Kendrick’s cave

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Bronze age “tools” from the Copper Mine stained with the Malachite (copper ore)

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Bronze Age cremation urn

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Pant y Wennol skull

 


   

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