Big Covert Cave (Maeshafn Cave, Llanferres Cave), Denbighshire


NGR: SJ 1979 6055

NPRN: 157391

SMR: 102318, 102319, 102320

CCR: 919

Excavation: G.E. Hesketh, N. Pritchard & R.A. Wyke, 1948-50; J.G. Morris, 1954.

Curation: National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (33.22/2, 57.159/1-3, 83.55H, 89.30H).

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

Finds: Barbed and tanged arrowhead, flint artefacts, Romano-British artefacts, animal bones.

Date: Unknown (5)

14C: -

Bibliography:

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Davies, E. (1950) A Roman brooch discovered near "The Loggerheads", Denbighshire. Archaeological Newsletter, July, 29.

Davies, E. (1953) Cave exploration at Maes Hafn, Llanferres. Transactions of the Denbighshire Historical Society 153-155

Hesketh, G.E. (1955) An account of excavations in the cave in Big Covert, Maeshafn, Llanferres. Transactions of the Flintshire Historical Society 15: 141-148.

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