Sewell's Cave, Settle, North Yorkshire

NGR: SD 7847 6658


SMR: YD 3637

Excavation: T. Lord, 1932-1935.

Curation: ?Craven Museum (D.3077); T.C. Lord.

Burials: MNI: 4 (2 adults, 2 juveniles)

Finds: Peterborough and AOC Beaker pottery; broken leaf-shaped arrowhead; RB artefacts; animal bones.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 5002 bp (OxA-13537) on human bone.


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