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Cheddar Man
Human Mummy
Cheddar
Biographical Information
Name(s) Cheddar Man
Age Unknown
Sex Male
Status
Height Unknown
Source
Culture hunter-gatherer
Date(s) c. 7150 BC
Site Cheddar Gorge, UK
Current Location
Location
Catalog # Unknown
Cheddar Man is the name given to the remains of a human male found in Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England. The remains date to the Mesolithic, approximately 7150 BC, he is to date the most ancient complete modern human skeleton from Britai.n

Excavated in 1903, the remains are kept by the Natural History Museum in London, but are not currently on display.

Studies

Mitochondrial DNA carried haplogroup U5, found in ~10% of modern Europeans, and U5 is still found in present-day Britons living near Cheddar Gorge. DNA analysis suggests Cheddar Man has the genetic markers of skin pigmentation and pale eyes, "not a surprising conclusion, but neither is definitive."

Pathology

The death of Cheddar Man remains a mystery. A hole in his forehead suggests violence, or an infection, or from damage at the time of excavation.

External Links

https://blog.insito.me/slicing-cheddar-man-down-to-size-43798bf764fa

https://www.ancient-origins.net/history/9000-year-old-cheddar-man-has-living-descendant-still-living-same-area-006961

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