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|Site name||Tooth Cave, Llethrid Cwm|
|Burial codes||4127 4002 4004 4008 4021 4023 4026 4028 4030 4035 4042 4047 4048 4051 4053 4065 4075 4084 4093 4098 4103 4105 4106 4107 4108 4110 4111 4121 4122 4125 4143 4151 4181|
|2500bc-14/1300bc||Chamber 1 contained an area of charcoal with which most of the archaeological remains were associated. Human skeletal material was found all over the excavated area, the larger pieces arranged in discrete piles, the smaller being scattered. Two skulls and longbones were placed on a large limestone slab (naturally) placed on end. Animal bones were at the same level on the floor and in wall crannies. One skull had been deliberately broken and the pieces packed in fitted curvatures near the long bones in the pit made by the naturally aligned slabs. The remains were of 4 males c20, 30-35, 40-60 and 60, and 2 females, one a young adult the other c13. Associated finds included: bone needle, bone spatula (like that at Gorsey Bigbury, Site 283), bone bead, flint implements of the Early Beaker period (3 knives, a scraper and 4 other flakes) possibly belonging to a leather worker. The discoidal flint knife dates to the late Neolithic/ Early Bronze Age. One male skeleton with a broken skull had originally been laid in the crouched position.
Chamber 2: there was pottery, human skeletal material and animal bones from near the surface of the clay and stone covering of the chamber floor. A human jaw was on the lip of the passage before it plunged down to the large rift. There were 2 possibly female skeletons, one adult, the other c15, a flint scraper, and eight other flakes, and many sherds of Middle Bronze Age pottery (probably part of an overhanging rim urn). All the human skeletal material was fragmentary and disarticulated when found.
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|Bibliographic source||Harvey, Morgan and Webly 1967|
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