Frank i' th' Rocks Cave (Palmer's Dig Cave), Hartington Town Quarter, Derbyshire

NGR: SK 13170 58401

NMR: SK 15 NW 37

SMR: 7024

SAM: -

DCR: 440

Excavation: G.H. Wilson, pre-1925; L.S. Palmer, 1925.

Curation: Buxton Museum.

Burials: MNI: 11 (4 adults, 7 juveniles).

Finds: Iron Age and Romano-British artefacts, animal bones.

Date: : Romano-British (1)

14C: 1765 bp (OxA-34199), 1786 bp (OxA-34200) on human bone.


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