One may be forgiven for initially thinking this is a lost Hieronymus Bosch painting. I can certainly see all kinds of hellish images of twisted and contorted faces and figures, monsters and demons (I have even seen the Creature from the Black Lagoon in there), but maybe that is just me and my rampant imagination. But it is actually a photograph I took from inside a prehistoric cave called Kents Cavern, one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe. To think that ancient humans used this cave for shelter, where they made fires, and shaped tools for hunting Ice Age animals is quite amazing. The rocks are over 400 million years old, and there is a record of ancient human occupation stretching back over 700,000 years. The oldest piece of bone in Britain, a modern human jawbone, was discovered here with a radio-carbon date suggesting it to be around 41,000 to 44,000 years old.
Photograph taken July 2006, Kent caverns, Torquay, Devon. © Pete Hillman 2006. Camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1.