Chelm's Combe Shelter, Cheddar, Somerset

NGR: ST 4634 5447

NMR: ST 45 SE 1

SMR: S 10384

SAM: -

MCRA: 714

Excavation: H.E. Balch, 1925-6.

Curation: Wells and Mendip Museum; UBSS Museum.

Burials: MNI: 5 (3 adult, 2 children)

Finds: Neolithic (Peterborough ware), Beaker and IA pottery, Romano-British artefacts, flint scrapers, bone tools, animal bones.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 4680 bp (BM-2974) on human bone; 10,190 bp (BM-2318); 10,220 bp (BM-2431); 10,140 to 10,910 bp (OxA-1781 to 1785) on animal bone from layers below Holocene deposits.


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