Tornewton Cave, Torbryan, Devon

NGR: SX 8172 6733

NMR: SX 86 NW 8

SMR: DV 8577

SAM: -

DCCR: 558

Excavation: J.L. Widger, 1865-1880; Ogilvie, 1936-1939; A.J. Sutcliffe and F.E. Zeuner, 1944-1960.

Curation: Torquay Natural History Museum; Bolton Museum; Natural History Museum, London.

Burials: MNI: 1

Finds: Worked flints, animal bones.

Date: Neolithic (1)

14C: 4680 bp (OxA-5864) on human tooth.


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