Ice Age Peterborough
For the last two and half million years, the Earth has been experiencing an Ice Age. During cold periods called glacials, ice sheets and glaciers have spread from the poles, often covering entire continents.
In between these cold periods were interglacials. During this time the ice retreated, as temperatures rose.
The most recent glacial, called the Devensian, lasted from 12,000 –115,000 years ago. In this period, the ice sheet crept to within 80 kilometres of Peterborough and animals like mammoths, woolly rhinos, bison and reindeer thrived here in the cold.
The interglacial before the Devensian, called the Ipswichian, lasted from about 115,000 –130,000 years ago. Then, the climate was much warmer and elephants and hippos lived here all year round.
You can find evidence for Ice Age life in this gallery –including the remains of mammoths from the glacial Devensian period, and warm-weather animals that lived here in the earlier interglacial Ipswichian period.
We are living in another interglacial now, but no one knows how long it will last.