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Monument Number 202834

Hob Uid: 202834
Location :
Somerset
Mendip
Mells
Grid Ref : ST7315048630
Summary : A natural fissure in the rock in the extreme south west corner of Lime Kiln Hill Quarry (then Whatley Quarry) was found on July 10th during blasting. The fissure contained bones of mammoth and other animals, plus some flints. A small handaxe and other animal remains were discovered subsequently in another cave and/or fissure(s) in the same quarry. The fissure discovered in 1951 was later destroyed by blasting.
More information : Lime Kiln Hill Quarry, Mells. ST 73154863. A natural
fissure in the rock in the extreme SW corner of the quarry
contains a fill with Late Pleistocene animal bones, including
an exceptionally large form of Ursus speleus. Man is indicated
by the nature of the deposit, flecks of charcoal and pieces of
flint. (1)

Similar information. (2)

ST 730482: A natural fissure containing bones of mamouth and other
animals was found on July 10th 1951 during blasting at Whatley Quarry Finds were presented to Bristol University. The cave was later
destroyed by blasting. (3)

Small mousterian cordiform axe found in a large cave at Lime Kiln
Hill Quarry. A similar site in the same quarry (see sources 1-3) has
yielded mamouth tooth and possible tusk fragments. Two fissures
discovered recently contained further animal remains (4)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Letter (E.K.Tratman 22.4.74)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review
Source details :
Page(s) : 12
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Vol(s) : 6, 1971
Source Number : 3
Source : University of Bristol Spelaeological Society proceedings
Source details : Donovan, DT. An Occurrence of Mammoth and other Bones at Whatley, Somerset.
Page(s) : 51-53
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Vol(s) : 7(1), 1953
Source Number : 4
Source : University of Bristol Spelaeological Society proceedings
Source details : Vranch, RD. A Note on Pleistocene Material from Lime Kiln Hill Quarry, Mells, Somerset.
Page(s) : 70
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Vol(s) : 16(1), 1981
Source Number : 5
Source : British caving : an introduction to speleology
Source details :
Page(s) : 284
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Palaeolithic
Display Date : Palaeolithic
Monument End Date : -10000
Monument Start Date : -500000
Monument Type : Cave
Evidence : Enhanced Natural Feature, Destroyed Monument

Components and Objects:
Period : Palaeolithic
Component Monument Type : Cave
Object Type : HANDAXE, ANIMAL REMAINS
Object Material : Flint

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 13264
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 74 NW 22
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : LIMEKILN QUARRY CAVES
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1971-01-01
End Date : 1974-12-31