Merlin's Cave, Whitchurch, Herefordshire

NGR: SO 556 152

NMR: SO 51 NW 23

SMR: 3358

SAM: 13692

Excavation: T.F. Hewer, 1924-27; C.W. Phillips, 1928-29; R.N.E. Barton, 1996.

Curation: UBSS Museum; Bristol City Museum; Natural History Museum London.

Burials: MNI: 6 (5 adults, 1 juvenile).

Finds: Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age pottery, Romano-British artefacts, animal bones.

Date: Late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age (4).

14C: 10,020bp (OxA-516) on animal bone from "Great Doward Cave".

Bibliography:

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.

Bate, D.M.A. (1901) A short account of a bone cave in the Carboniferous Limestone of the Wye Valley. Geological Magazine 8: 101-106.

Branigan, K. & Dearne, M.J. (1991) A Gazetteer of Romano-British Cave Sites and their Finds. Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield.

Harrison, C.J.O. (1980) A re-examination of British Devensian and earlier Holocene bird bones in the British Museum (Natural History). Journal of Archaeological Science 7: 53-68.

Hewer, T.F. (1924) First report on excavations in the Wye Valley. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 2 (2): 147-155.

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

Hinton, M.A.C. (1924) Preliminary note upon the mammalian remains from Merlin's Cave. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 2 (2): 156-158.

Kennard, A.S. & Woodward, B.B. (1924) Report on the non-marine mollusca of Merlin's Cave. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 2 (2): 162.

Newton, E.T. (1924) Note on birds' bones from Merlin's Cave. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 2 (2): 159-161.

Parry, C. (1994) Symonds Yat promontory fort, English Bicknor, Gloucestershire: excavations 1990-91. Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 112: 59-72.

Phillips, C.W. (1931) Final report on the excavations at Merlin's Cave, Symonds Yat. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society 4 (1): 11-33.

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