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This ancient limestone rock formation consists of fossilized sea creatures that resided in a shallow area of the sea approximately 350 million years ago. Between the two Ice Age periods the limestone was cut into obscure shapes by the melting glaciers and caves, such as Dove Holes, were formed. The caves have been utilized by hunters from 13,000 BC, Neolithic farmers who used the caves as tombs for their dead (more than 4,500 years ago), as well as by shepherds during the Roman occupation, who used the caves for shelter. The Ilam Rock is owned by the National Trust, which aids in keeping intrusive plant life clear to assure the rock formations remain visible.
This 129+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Moderate wrinkle - top left corner. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. Light water staining.
Keywords specific to this image: Oceanography, Organisms, Paleontology