Scientists to Excavate Gibraltar’s Caves this Summer

July 5, 2012 / United Kingdom, Europe
Gibraltar's Gorham's Cave

Photo by Gibmetal77/Wikipedia

Scientists will descend upon Gibraltar’s caves this summer as part of a six-week long excavation project.

A team of 35 scientists, students and volunteers from Gibraltar, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, and Italy will work at Gibraltar’s Gorham’s and Vanguard caves in hopes of unearthing further artifacts from the Neanderthals that once occupied the caves.

Thousands of items are expected to be discovered during the course of the excavations which run from July 30th until September 9th.

In preparation for the project the Gibraltar Museum has been busy developing plans to make sure that the objects collected are conserved properly in environmentally controlled environments.

Considered one of the last known sites where Neanderthals survived, Gorham’s Cave has been the site of much archaeological interest since it’s discovery in 1904. It has recently been selected by the U.K. government to be formally submitted to the UNESCO for world heritage status.

Gorham’s Cave Excavation Set For Summer [Gibraltar Chronicle]

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