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Bont Newydd Cave

A Scheduled Monument in Cefnmeiriadog, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 53.2271 / 53°13'37"N

Longitude: -3.4763 / 3°28'34"W

OS Eastings: 301544

OS Northings: 371026

OS Grid: SJ015710

Mapcode National: GBR 6K.0N1R

Mapcode Global: WH65P.K4VV

Entry Name: Bont Newydd Cave

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2942

Cadw Legacy ID: DE116

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Cave

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Cefnmeiriadog

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument consists of a cave containing archaeological deposits that can date from as early as the Palaeolithic period. A cave may have been used for occupation, storage, burial, refuse, or as a temporary shelter.

Bont Newydd Cave is located north of the road from Cefn to Bont Newydd. The entrance is set at the foot of an overhanging limestone cliff and is approximately 12m high. Archaeological finds from the cave have included hominid teeth and a flint assemblage. The flints include a handaxe and a Levallois flake, which substantiate the interpretation of the assemblage as being Late Acheulian.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric settlement, ritual and funerary practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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