Heathery Burn Cave, Stanhope, County Durham

NGR: NY 9876 4118 (quarried away)

NMR: NY 94 SE 3

SMR: D42

SAM: -

Excavation: ?, 1843; J. Elliott, 1859-72.

Curation: British Museum, London; Natural History Museum, London; Yorkshire Museum, York.

Burials: MNI: 3+

Finds: Bronze Age pottery; bronze, bone, horn, lignite, shell, tooth and amber artefacts; flint flakes; barbed and tanged arrowhead; animal bones.

Date: Late Bronze Age (2)

14C: -


Blake, C.C. (1862) Further notes on human skulls from Heathery Burn Cave, Weardale, Durham, with a notice of the river-bed skeleton from Leicester. The Geologist 5: 313-316.

Britton, D. & Longworth, I.H. (1969) Late Bronze Age finds from Heathery Burn Cave, County Durham. Inventaria Archaeologica 9th Series, GB 55M. British Museum, London.

Britton, D. (1971) The Heathery Burn Cave revisited. British Museum Quarterly 35: 20-38.

Challis, A.J. & Harding, D.W. (1975) Later Prehistory from the Trent to the Tyne. British Archaeological Reports, British Series 20. B.A.R., Oxford.

Elliott, J. (1862a) On the discovery of human and animal bones in the Heathery Burn Cave, near Stanhope. The Geologist 5: 34-37.

Elliott, J. (1862b) Further discoveries in Heathery Burn Cave. The Geologist 5: 167-171.

Greenwell, W. (1894) On the antiquities of the Bronze Age found in the Heathery Burn Cave, County Durham. Archaeologia 54: 87-114.

Harding, A.F. & Young, R. (1986) Pictures of an exhibition: new discoveries concerning the Heathery Burn hoard. Durham Archaeological Journal 2: 1-5.

Harrison, C.J.O. (1980) A re-examination of British Devensian and earlier Holocene bird bones in the British Museum (Natural History). Journal of Archaeological Science 7: 53-68.

Hawkes, C.F.C. & Smith, M.A. (1957) On some buckets and cauldrons of the Bronze and Early Iron Ages. Antiquaries Journal 37: 131-198.

Huxley, T.H. (1862) Notes upon human remains from the Valley of the Trent, and from the Heathery Burn Cave, Durham. The Geologist 5: 201-204.

Mackie, S.J. (1861-4) Bone and bronze relics discovered in Heathery Burn Cave near Stanhope, Durham. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle 2nd series 2: 127-132.

Mackie, S.J. (1862) Account of the Heathery Burn Cave, and the discoveries there. Archaeological Journal 19: 358-359.

Mackie, S.J. (1863) On some human remains from Muskham, in the Valley of the Trent, and from Heathery Burn Cave, near Stanhope, in Weardale, Durham. Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London 2: 266-278.

Megaw, J.V.S. (1965) A bronze spearhead from the Heathery Burn Cave, Co. Durham. Archaeological Journal 45: 112-114.

Parker, A. (2015) Bronze Age ceramic in the Yorkshire Museum from Heathery Burn Cave, Stanhope. Durham Archaeological Journal. 20: 1-2.

Wilson, W. (1822) Archaeologia Aeliana 1: 10.

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