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Pigs Hole

Hob Uid: 194569
Location :
Somerset
Sedgemoor
Cheddar
Grid Ref : ST4770054540
Summary : A rock shelter located at the foot of the cliff on the southern side of Cheddar Gorge. It is one of two, the other known as Sow's Hole (formerly recorded here, but now see ST 45 SE **). There has been uncertainty in the past as to which is which. It has been decided, rather arbitrarily, that the larger of the two, located at ST 47705454, should be known as Pig's Hole.
More information : [ST 47755453] Pig's Hole' [ST 47605452] Sow's Hole; rock
shelters containing derived material (silt, etc.).

Sow's Hole was explored by R.F. Parry in 1930 and a few shards of
I.A. pottery were found. (1-2)

These cave shelters are at the foot of the cliff as the southern
side of the Gorge at ST 47705454 and ST 47845455. The present
authorities on Cheddar caves - N.R. Barrington, Oak House, Axbridge;
I.W. Stanton, "Iona", Easton, Nr. Wells; (3a) and Prof. Tratman
(1) - know that these are referred to as Pig's and Sow's Holes by
Bolch (2), but they are uncertain as to which the names should be
correctly applied. For convenience it has been arbitrarily accepted
that the large cave shelter at ST 47705454 should be known as
Pig's Hole, and that the small overhang at ST 47845455 should be
Sow's Hole. (3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : Corr. 6 in. (E.K. Tratman) 1953.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Balch, HE. 1947. Mendip - Cheddar, its Gorge and caves, 52
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 05-APR-66
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Source Number : 3a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Stanton, WI. 1965. Map of caves of Cheddar Gorge.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Rock Shelter
Evidence : Enhanced Natural Feature

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 45 SE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1159211
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, PIGS HOLE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1930-01-01
End Date : 1930-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 45 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-04-05
End Date : 1966-04-05