Ossom's Crag Cave (Yellersley Tor Cave), Grindon, Staffordshire

NGR: SK 0958 5576

NMR: SK 05 NE 16

SMR: 00367, 04107, 05032

SAM: 13218

DCR: 708

Excavation: D. Bramwell, 1954-6.

Curation: Stoke on Trent Museum; Dept of Geology, University of Manchester.

Burials: MNI: 1

Finds: Prehistoric pottery; flints; Romano-British artefacts; animal bones.

Date: Early Neolithic (1)

14C: 4860 bp (OxA-630) on human bone.


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Bramwell, D. et al. (1987) Ossom's Cave, Staffordshire: a study of its vertebrate remains and late Pleistocene environments. Staffordshire Archaeological Studies 4. City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent.

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

Burleigh, R., Ambers, J. & Matthews, R. (1984) British Museum Natural Radiocarbon Measurements XVII. Radiocarbon 26: 59-74.

Gowlett, J.A.J. et al. (1986) Radiocarbon dates from the Oxford AMS system: Archaeometry Datelist 3. Archaeometry 28 (1): 116-125.

O’Connor, T. & Jacobi, R. (2015) Ossom’s Cave, Staffordshire: an Upper Palaeolithic site reconsidered. In: Ashton, N. and Harris, C. (editors) No Stone Unturned. Papers in Honour of Roger Jacobi. London: Lithic Studies Society, pp.127-133.

Scott, K. (1986) Man in Britain in the late Devensian: evidence from Ossom's Cave. In Roe, D.A. (ed.) Studies in the Upper Palaeolithic of Britain and North West Europe. British Archaeological Reports. B.A.R., Oxford, pp. 63-87.

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