Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge and the site where Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be 9,000 years old, was discovered in 1903. Older remains from the late Upper Palaeolithic have also been found.

Cheddar Gorge is a gorge cut into the limestone of the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills, Somerset, South West England, UK. They are located near the village of Cheddar.

They contain many caves, some of which are spectacular, notably Gough's Cave. Gough's Cave is located downstream of the gorge and is the source of the River Cheddar Yeo. The caves have revealed many archaeological remains, including artefacts and bones, which have been rinsed out by flooding and preserved in silt, some dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic. Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton in Britain, aged 9,000 years, was found in 1903 in Gough Cave. The gorge attracts around 500,000 visitors a year.

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