Thursday, 18 September 2008

Red Lady controversy

Interesting, a repatriation case between two museums.

AN Elgin Marbles-style campaign has begun to secure the return to Wales of the Red Lady of Paviland, one of the world's most important archaeological finds.

The skeleton of the "Red Lady" complete with jewellery and a mammoth's head marker was discovered in 1823 at Paviland Cave on Gower.

Later analysis showed the skeleton to be that of a man, possibly a chieftain, but the Red Lady tag stuck.

It emerged that the bones, stained by red ochre, were the oldest ceremonially buried remains ever found in Western Europe.

They go back to 24,000BC pre-dating Stonehenge by 20,000 years.

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