Distillery Cave, Kilmore and Kilbride, Argyll and Bute

NGR: NM 8598 3015


Canmore: 23064

SCD: 2155

Excavation: W. Turner, 1890.

Curation: National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, Edinburgh (HL 381-389).

Burials: MNI: 12+ (5 adults, 7 juveniles).

Finds: Flints, antler tool.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 3780 bp (OxA-4509) on antler spatula 4914 bp (SUERC-68702), 4631 bp (SUERC-68703) and 4881 bp (SUERC-68704) on human bone.


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