Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals Exhibition

The team on the museum floor are very excited about the new exhibition, “Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals”. Including the 400,000 year old Swanscombe skull, a rare British connection to Neanderthal migration, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibit also includes current research taking place at the University of Manchester along with many of our own objects from Creswell Crags.

Come and compare your contemporary self on a journey with these early humans. The exhibition is open now and runs until 13th July 2016.

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Rediscovering Neanderthals exhibition at Manchester Museum Rediscovering Neanderthals exhibition at Manchester Museum

Preparations for Manchester Museum’s newest temporary exhibition are well in hand and we have spent the last few days installing Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals ready for the Private View opening on the evening of 21st April. It must be a good 18 months or so since the Natural History Museum contacted us to ask if we were interested in taking touring exhibits  from the NHM’s One Million Years BC exhibition. At the partnership meeting that followed we chose the ‘Neanderthals and modern humans’ option, which included a fine hand axe from Kent’s Cavern, a Neanderthal skull from Swanscombe, a bone harpoon and a perforated badger tooth made by anatomically modern humans.

This is a topic that has considerable resonance for us at Manchester Museum because we have a large collection of material from excavations of the caves at Creswell Crags. The first Curator of Manchester Museum, William…

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