Red Lady of Paviland Project

In 1823, geologists investigating mammoth remains in Gower found a what would later be known to be one of the oldest ceremonial burials in Europe – a partial human skeleton, bones heavily stained with red ochre and surrounded a wealth of grave goods including shell beads and carved ivory. Two hundred years on,  Tourism Swansea Bay is exploring new ways of the celebrating the legacy of this important find, what came to be known as enigmatically as the Red Lady of Paviland. The Red Lady Project and Heritage Trail will involve a series of guided walks to Paviland Cave (spaces will be limited), a craft festival and a permanent display on the find in the Gower Heritage Centre and an online Heritage Trail connecting sites of interest to the Paviland Story and other prehistoric sites in Gower. 

As Tourism Swansea Bay members, there is an opportunity for you to get involved with this exciting project showcasing the global importance of Gower prehistory, especially regarding the heritage trail – for example, if your business is connected the Red Lady’s story or other prehistoric sites on Gower, or is you can offer accommodation nearby sites of interest.

On Saturday 22nd June 2024, we will be holding a mini festival on the Red Lady Project, at the Gower Heritage Centre, SA3 2EH. See poster below for details.

If you have any questions, would like to be involved or have any ideas about the project, please contact [email protected]

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