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Snail Cave rock shelter, North Wales: a new prehistoric site

Smith, G., Walker, E., Best, Julia, Jenkins, D., Lynch, F., Madgwick, Richard ORCID:, McKenna, R. and Rowson, B. 2015. Snail Cave rock shelter, North Wales: a new prehistoric site. Archaeologia Cambrensis 163 , pp. 99-131.
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An evaluation of Snail Cave, a rock shelter on the eastern side of the Great Orme in 2011 revealed a sequence of deposits, which despite some disturbance by burrowing animals, showed evidence of Mesolithic activity in the late ninth and early eighth millennia BC, Neolithic activity in the fourth millennium, and possible Beaker and Bronze Age activity in the third to second millennium BC. The Later Mesolithic activity, possibly representing seasonal use as a shelter, is associated with a small assemblage of lithic artefacts and a perforated cowrie shell bead. Evidence for the exploitation of marine, intertidal and terrestrial resources is indicated by the presence of shellfish, fish bones, hazel nuts, and the bones of wader birds. The evidence for this new prehistoric site is discussed in the light of other evidence of early prehistoric activity in the locality and further afield in North Wales.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Cambrian Archaeological Society
ISSN: 0306-6924
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Last Modified: 07 May 2023 05:07

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