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Neolithic pottery from Elbolton Cave

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Neolithic pottery from Elbolton Cave

The Craven Museum, Skipton, 2004,

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Neolithic pottery from Elbolton Cave

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36734

Parish: Thorpe

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Dale: Lower Wharfedale

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These fragments of Neolithic pottery were found during excavations of Elbolton Cave in the 19th and early 20th century. At least eleven inhumation burials and one cremation burial were found. The lowest burials were associated with Later Neolithic pottery. The crude hand-shaped pots were probably food vessels and are similar to a common type known as Peterborough Ware. Fragments of an Early Neolithic bowl were also found along with Early Bronze Age pottery showing that the cave was used for a considerable period of time. Pottery now at Craven Museum. Source: Gilks, J A (1973) 'The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Pottery from Elbolton Cave, Wharfedale' Yorkshire Archaeological Journal. Vol 45 pp41-54


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