Elwy Valley Bontnewydd Denbighshire Wales
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Bontnewydd Cave, sometimes Pontnewydd Cave, is a limestone cave close to the hamlet of Bontnewydd in the Elwy Valley in the county of Denbighshire, North Wales. The cave was excavated in 1872 and 1978, and the site produced the oldest dated hominid remains in Wales. These comprise jaw fragments and teeth of Lower Paleolithic early Neanderthals dating from c.225,000 years ago. Animal remains and contemporary tools were also found comprising handaxes, arrow heads and scrapers made of flint and stone. Access to the caves is limited as they are on private land.
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