Cattedown Cave, Plymouth, Devon

NGR: SX 495 536

NMR: SX 45 SE 127

SMR: -

SAM: -

DCCR: 144

Excavation: R.N. Worth, 1887.

Curation: Plymouth City Museum; Natural History Museum, London.

Burials: MNI: 15+

Finds: Flint core; charcoal.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 4990 bp (OxA-15256) on human tooth.


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