Ashberry Windypits, Old Byland and Scawton, North Yorkshire

NGR: SE 5709 8501

NMR: SE58NE 13

SMR: ?

Excavation: 1955-72

Curation: Scarborough Museum

Burials: MNI: 4 (3 adults, 1 juvenile)

Finds: AOC and PTC Beakers; flint artefacts; Romano-British artefacts, animal bones.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 3873 bp (OxA-13003), 3773 bp (OxA-14439) on human bone


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