It’s official! The English Riviera has been attracting visitors for 44,000 years
The English Riviera as a whole, and Kents Cavern in particular, have basked in the world’s headlines this week for being the destination of choice for the UK’s first tourists!
The discovery comes after scientists analysing a fragment of jawbone with three teeth discovered that it was much older than previously thought. Found in Kents Cavern in 1927, the jawbone has been the subject of some fresh research by a team from the University of Oxford who now say that it could be as much as 44,000 years old.
This makes Torquay world-famous for boasting the oldest known human part in Western Europe; and the English Riviera the place where the first modern humans arrived in Britain following their icy trek across Europe. It is also the first piece of evidence showing that modern man existed alongside Neanderthal man and could have been a trigger in his demise.
The discovery helps to reinforce the English Riviera as one of the leading UNESCO-supported Global Geoparks in the world.
The English Riviera acquired the status of a Geopark in 2007.
There are now 87 Geoparks in 27 countries around the globe; and the network includes some of the most stunning places of natural beauty in the world.