Oreston Third Bone Cave, Plymouth, Devon

NGR: SX 5018 5384

NMR: SX 55 SW 17

SMR: -

SAM: -

DCCR: 430

Excavation: J. Whidbey, 1822.

Curation: Royal College of Surgeons (collection destroyed); Bristol City Museum; British Geological Survey, Keyworth; Oxford University Museum; Natural History Museum, London.

Burials: MNI: 1

Finds: Faunal remains.

Date: ?Mesolithic (1)

14C: 8615 bp (OxA-4777) on human bone (possibly contaminated).


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