Cheddar Caves

January 31, 2010

I received this interesting bookmark from Vincent:


It’s from Cheddar Caves which are in the village of Cheddar, Somerset, England. It is the place where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. The caves, produced by the activity of an underground river, contain stalactites and stalagmites.

J.R.R. Tolkien, who went to Cheddar in 1916, used the Cheddar Caves as a basis for ‘Helms Deep’ in The Lord of the Rings.

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