Lesser Kelcoe Cave, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire

NGR: SD 810 647


SMR: YD 2278

Excavation: J.W. Jackson, 1928-1932.

Curation: T.C. Lord; Craven Museum, Skipton; Buxton Museum; Department of Geology, University of Leicester.

Burials: MNI: 3 (adults)

Finds: Peterborough Ware, polished stone axe, flint artefacts; RB artefacts; animal bones.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 4801 bp (OxA-?) on human bone.


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