King Arthur's Cave, Whitchurch, Herefordshire


NGR: SO 5458 1558

NMR: SO 51 NW 7

SMR: 902

SAM: H & W 26, 143

Excavation: W.S. Symonds, 1871; H. Taylor, 1926-27; R.N.E. Barton, 1994.

Curation: Cheltenham Museum; Gloucester Museum; Natural History Museum, London; University of Bristol Spelaeological Society.

Burials: MNI: 1+

Finds: Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic flint and chert artefacts; Bronze Age, Romano-British and Mediaeval pottery; Mesolithic perforated shells, animal bones.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 4670 bp (OxA-5863) on human bone.

Bibliography:

Apsimon, A.P. (1994) Archaeological note: King Arthur's Cave, King Arthur's Hall, and the giant's skeleton. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 20 (1): 75-76.

Apsimon, A.P. et al. (1992) King Arthur's Cave, Whitchurch: a reassessment of a Middle and Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Beaker site. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 19 (2): 183-239.

ApSimon,A.M., & Jacobi,R.M., 2004. Getting It Right: No Middle Palaeolithic at King Arthur's Cave. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 23 (1): 17-26.

Barton, R.N.E. (1995) Third interim report on the survey and excavations in the Wye Valley, 1995. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 20 (2): 153-159.

Barton, R.N.E. (1996) Fourth interim report on the survey and excavations in the Wye Valley, 1996. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 20 (3): 263-273.

Barton, R.N.E. (1997) Fifth interim report on the survey and excavations in the Wye Valley, 1997 and new AMS radiocarbon dating results from Madawg Rockshelter. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 21 (1): 99-108.

Barton, R.N.E. et al. (1997) Wye Valley caves Project: recent investigations at King Arthur's Cave and Madawg Rock Shelter. In Lewis, S.G. and Maddy, D. (eds) The Quaternary of the South Midlands and the Welsh Marches. Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, London.

Hedges, R.E.M. et al. (1997) Radiocarbon dates from the Oxford AMS system: Archaeometry datelist 24. Archaeometry 39: 445-471.

Hewer, T.F. (1925) Second report on excavations in the Wye Valley. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 2 (3): 216-228.

Symonds, W.S. (1871) On the contents of a hyaena's den on the Great Doward, Whitchurch, Ross. Geological Magazine 8: 433-438.

Taylor, H. (1927) King Arthur's Cave, near Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye. Second report: excavations in 1926 and 1927. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 3 (2): 59-83.

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