Bishop, L. and Hoverd, T., (2010). A Field Investigation in the Environs of Merlin's Cave, Symond's Yat West, Herefordshire. Hereford: Herefordshire Archaeology.

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A Field Investigation in the Environs of Merlin's Cave, Symond's Yat West, Herefordshire
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Herefordshire Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1043457
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A member of the public reported that archaeological artefacts and ecofacts (flint, animal bone and pottery) had been unearthed by recent tree throws at the base of a cliff close to Merlin's Cave in Symond's Yat Gorge. Herefordshire Archaeology visited the site and noted that five trees had recently blown over, resulting in small but deep areas of localised disturbance. Pottery, flint and bone fragments were recovered from three of these areas of disturbance. An assessment of the potential of the area was made by cutting back into the areas of disturbance and recording the exposed sections. It was noted that the artefacts and ecofacts appeared to be contained within a series of in situ deposits immediately above a natural soil. This was buried beneath a modern soil, on top of which was the spoil from the early 20th century excavations of Merlin's Cave. During the course of cleaning one of the tree throws, the articulated remains of a human were discovered. The burial was excavated and recorded by Prof. Andrew Chamberlain of Sheffield University. A fragment of bone was removed for dating purposes but the rest of the burial was left undisturbed. The cleaned sections and bases were then backfilled. It is hoped that further, small-scale work will be undertaken on the site in the near future.
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L Bishop
T Hoverd
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Herefordshire Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Herefordshire HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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2010
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Site: Merlin's Cave, Symond's Yat West
County: HEREFORDSHIRE
District: HEREFORDSHIRE
Parish: WHITCHURCH
Country: England
Grid Reference: 355650, 215380 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: HUMAN BONE Early Medieval
Monus: BURIALS Early Medieval
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OASIS Id: hereford2-278207
OBIB: HAR 284
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18 Aug 2017
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