Kents Bank Cavern, Lower Allithwaite, Cumbria

NGR: SD 391 758

NMR: SD37NE 76

SMR: C 5464

NCI: 2098

Excavation: C. Salisbury & D. Sheppard, 1992-4; D. Coward, 2001.

Curation: Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness.

Burials: MNI: 3 (2 adults, 1 juvenile).

Finds: ?Mesolithic flint flakes, cutmarked animal bones.

Date: Mesolithic (1)

14C: 9100 bp (SUERC-35295/GU-24408) on human bone.


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