Worm's Head Cave, Rhossili, Swansea

NGR: SS 3838 8769


SMR: 00108W

SAM: -

CCR: 1075

Excavation: E.C. Cunnington, pre-1917; W. Riches, 1923-24; G. Cooper, 1966-1967; M. Davies, 1986; R.Schulting, 2004.

Curation: R.I.S.W. Museum, Swansea; Natural History Museum, London.

Burials: MNI: 2+ (1 adult, 1 juvenile).

Finds: Upper Palaeolithic knife, flint, chert and rhyolite implements, animal bones.

Date: Mesolithic (1)

14C: 8800 bp (OxA-4024) on human bone.


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