MacKay Cave (Burnbank Cave), Kilmore and Kilbride, Argyll and Bute

NGR: NM 8595 3059


Canmore: 23058

SCD: 2556

Excavation: MacKay, 1869.

Curation: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Burials: MNI: 2 (1 adult, 1 juvenile).

Finds: Flint artefacts, marine shells, animal bones.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 4810 bp (Beta-440529), 4750 bp (Beta-441173) on human bone.


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