Creswell Crags inspire unusual bone drawings

'Headhunter' displays a series of intricate drawings by local artist E. J. Lance, whose work was inspired by the collection of animal bones at Creswell Crags Museum.
'Headhunter' displays a series of intricate drawings by local artist E. J. Lance, whose work was inspired by the collection of animal bones at Creswell Crags Museum.
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WEIRD and wonderful drawings inspired by the collection of animal bones at Creswell Crags Museum are going on show next month as part of a new series of exhibitions.

Headhunter, by Emma Lance runs until Sunday, June 5.

The exhibition features a selection of intricate artworks that have been inspired by, and based on, the attraction’s collection of ancient skulls.

The series is designed to explore contemporary artists’ responses to the site’s Ice Age heritage.

Emma said: “I have been working with the comparative anatomy collection at Creswell Crags for some time and was especially drawn towards the collection of animal skulls.

“It made me wonder why humans are and have been interested in animal skulls for thousands of years and their role as symbols of strength, power and fear.

“My favourite skull in the collection is that of a vulture - it’s that object, and its specific place in cultural rituals, that inspired the work here.”

The exhibition can be viewed on the lower ground floor of the museum.

Creswell Crags is one of Europe’s most important archaeological landscapes and includes a number of cave sites inhabited during the last Ice Age.