Kendrick's Cave, Great Orme, Llandudno, Conwy

NGR: : SH 7798 8281

NPRN: 93671

SMR: 635

SAM: Cn 191

CCR: 2014-12

Excavation: T. Kendrick, 1879-1880.

Curation: : British Museum, London; Llandudno Public Library; Rhos on Sea Museum, Colwyn Bay; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Burials: MNI: 4+ (3 adult, 1 juvenile).

Finds: Polished stone axe and knife, flint flakes, worked bone and teeth, animal bones.

Date: Upper Palaeolithic (1)

14C: 11,760 to 12090 bp (OxA-6114, 7002, 7003, 7004) on human bone.


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