Whaley Rock Shelter No. 2, Elmton, Derbyshire

NGR: SK 5113 7212

NMR: SK 57 SW 82

SMR: 5202

SAM: -

DCR: 553

Excavation: A.L. Armstrong & A. Court, 1937-1948; J. Radley, 1966.

Curation: Manchester Museum; Natural History Museum, London; Sheffield City Museum.

Burials: MNI: 1+ (adult).

Finds: Neolithic (Peterborough Ware) and Bronze Age pottery; unpolished greenstone axe; flint, chert and quartzite artefacts; Romano-British artefacts; animal bones.

Date: Early Bronze Age (1)

14C: 3470 bp (OxA-4021) on human bone.


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