Kents Bank Cavern, Lower Allithwaite, Cumbria


NGR: SD 391 758

NMR: SD37NE 76

SMR: C 5464

Excavation: C. Salisbury & D. Sheppard, 1992-4; D. Coward, 2001.

Curation: Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness.

Burials: MNI: 3 (2 adults, 1 juvenile).

Finds: ?Mesolithic flint flakes, cutmarked animal bones.

Date: Mesolithic (1)

14C: 9100 bp (SUERC-35295/GU-24408) on human bone.

Bibliography:

Brook, D. et al. (1994) Northern Caves, Volume 3. The Three Counties System and the North-West. Dalesman, Skipton.

Salisbury, C.R. (1997) The prehistoric occupation of Blenkett Wood near Allithwaite. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society 97: 1-10.

Smith, I.R. (2012) Kirkhead Cavern, Kent's Bank Cavern and Whitton's Cave near Allithwaite – geology, sediments and archaeology. In O'Regan, H.J. et al. (eds) Cave Archaeology and Karst Geomorphology of North West England. Quaternary Research Association, London, pp. 98-102.

Smith, I.R., Wilkinson, D.M. &: O'Regan, H.J. (2013) New Lateglacial fauna and early Mesolithic human remains from northern England. Journal of Quaternary Science 28: 542-544.

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