Eel Point Cave, Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire

NGR: SS 1303 9726 (partially quarried away)


SMR: 4285, 4548

CCR: 1038

Excavation: G.N. Smith, 1840; E. Laws, 1882-1888; J. van Nedervelde, 1970, 1986.

Curation: National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (90.55H).

Burials: MNI: 2+.

Finds: Pottery, flint artefacts, animal bones.

Date: Palaeolithic (1), Romano-British (1).

14C: 24470bp (OxA-14164) on human bone; 1771bp (OxA-10968) on human bone.


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