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Perwick Cave Burial

Period: Iron Age

NGR Easting: 220500

NGR Northing: 467200

Description: This cave is situated on the rock-face of a minor headland bounding the westerly side of the small beach of Traie Coan near Port St Mary.

The site was excavated in 1969-70 and 1975-76 by FJ Radcliffe, who found a midden sealed under slate slabs that had fallen from the roof and overlying an apparently undisturbed beach deposit, together with human bones, apparently from a single adult skeleton, were recovered together with worked bone points.

The remains were thought to represent either a prehistoric burial or a victim of a shipwreck. Radiocarbon dating of carbonised wood in the midden material suggested a date 1880 +/- 150 BP, but this does not directly date the human remains.

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Site & Monument Type: burial

Category: National Monuments Record: Archaeological Sites [multi-site component]

Site ID number: 0055.10


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