Badger Hole, St Cuthbert Out, Somerset

NGR: ST 5324 4795

NMR: ST 54 NW 15

SMR: S 24354

SAM: 13257

MCRA: 98

Excavation: H.E. Balch, 1938-52; J. Campbell, 1968.

Curation: Wells and Mendip Museum; Natural History Museum, London.

Burials: MNI: 3 (1 adult, 2 children).

Finds: Flint artefacts; Romano-British artefacts.

Date: Early Mesolithic and Medieval (1)

14C: 9060 bp (OxA-679); 9360 bp (OxA-1459) on human bone; 1380 bp (OxA-680) on human bone.


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