The Stoat Drawing

2013. National Museum Wales.


Several photographs within the box document a Museum fieldtrip to the Paviland Cave, home of the so-called “Red Lady”, now exhibited in National Museum Cardiff.

Examining these images, researchers quickly noticed one photograph that featured an unfamiliar section of the cave, and what appeared to be an ancient drawing on the cave wall.


Returning to the cave in 2013, researchers uncovered a small chamber that had been concealed by a rockfall of reddish mud some time during the 1950s. Behind this lay what is now recognised as one of the most significant examples of Paleolithic cave painting — an exquisitely detailed rendering of a stoat.


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