Paviland Cave is where the remains of the ‘Red Lady of Paviland’ were discovered. ‘She’ was originally thought to be a Roman female, as the bones were dyed with red ochre and accompanied by grave goods. However, it was later discovered that ‘she’ was a stone age male, but the name of Red Lady has stuck. It was thought for many years that the Red Lady was from around 24,000BC, but the bones were recently re-examined and discovered to be older. At the time of the ritual burial, about 29,000 years ago, the landscape was very different. Sea level was lower, so the cave would have provided views over grassland rich in game. A replica of the Red Lady is on display in Swansea Museum.
Today we had a fantastic walk from Port-Eynon to see the original resting place of the oldest human bones discovered in the UK.