Location

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Site Name
Worms Head Cave - Upper
Parish
Rhossili
Gower Region
South-West Gower
Latitude
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Longitude
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Y
Z
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Identification

Position

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Entrance

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Entrance Height (m)
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Entrance Width (m)
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Type of Cave
Archaeological, Palaeontological
Access

Description

Discoveries

Archaeology
Human Remains, Flint Tools, Flint Debitage, Ornaments, Other Artefacts
Time Period-Culture
Mesolithic
Fauna
Badger - Meles meles, Bear - Ursus sp., Dog - Canis familiaris, Hyaena - Crocuta crocuta, Wild Cat - Felis sylvestris, Wolf - Canis lupus, Reindeer - Rangifer tarundus, Rhinoceros sp., Mammoth - Elephas primigenius
Notes

Bibliography

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Anon (no date) Worm’s Head Cave, Rhossili, Swansea, Gazetteer of Caves, Fissures and Rock Shelters in Britain Containing Human Remains. Available at: http://caveburial.ubss.org.uk/wales/wormsheadcave.htm (Accessed: 7 March 2020).
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