Cefn Caves, Cefnmeiriadog, Denbighshire

NGR: SJ 0203 7051

NPRN: 94801

SMR: 19306, 102135, 102136

CCR: 894

Excavation: J. Trimmer & E. Stanley, 1830-32; T.J. Moore et al., 1866; W.B. Dawkins, 1872; H.S. Green, 1982-84.

Curation: Chester Museum; Liverpool Museum; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (66.88/4-7, 68.88, 83.108H, 92.224H); Manchester Museum.

Burials: MNI: 2 (adult)

Finds: Pottery, flint flakes, worked antler, animal bones.

Date: Bronze Age and Early Medieval (1)

14C: 2835bp (OxA-6233). 1445bp (OxA-6234) on human bone


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