Your Ancestors

Life was always easier on well-drained and in cave-rich hilltops than on marshes or wooded low-lying land in prehistoric days.  The Mendip Hills have been home to our ancestors since the earliest times.

Many different cultures and civilisations have enriched this area.  Among them were the ancient Neanderthals, Paleolithic cave people of the Ice Age, Neolithic friends of Cheddar Man, Bronze Age Beaker people, Iron Age warrior chiefs, the Romans (who came here for lead in AD43), King Alfred and the Saxons (who built a Royal Palace here), King John (who loved to hunt the Royal Forest of Mendip), right through to the Victorian Explorers and Showmen who developed the caves.


Visit the ancestral village of Cheddar

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