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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
Public to view ancient cave art
Cave art depicting an ibex
The caves may have been inhabited up to 50,000 years ago
Prehistoric cave paintings discovered in the East Midlands at Cresswell Crags in 2003 can now be viewed by the public.

The drawings, which date back at least 12,000 years, are thought to be the first example of prehistoric art ever discovered in the UK.

The images of bison, birds and an ibex were found by archaeologists last year.

People can view the engravings from a temporary platform in Church Hole Cave.

Guided tours will take place from Saturday and through the Easter holidays.

The findings are being linked with continental art found at sites in France and Spain and suggest there was a rudimentary Europe-wide culture at the time.

Stone tools and animal remains found at Cresswell Crags, on the Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border, suggests they were used by prehistoric man.

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