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Latitude: 51.5537 / 51°33'13"N
Longitude: -4.26 / 4°15'36"W
OS Eastings: 243410
OS Northings: 186286
OS Grid: SS434862
Mapcode National: GBR GR.4SH4
Mapcode Global: VH3N2.36RS
Entry Name: Cave 40m SE of Deborah's Hole
Scheduled Date: 7 September 2011
Source ID: 1326
Cadw Legacy ID: GM622
Schedule Class: Monument
County: Swansea (Abertawe)
Community: Rhossili (Rhosili)
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The monument, also known as Deborah’s Cliff Shelter, comprises a natural cave set into the steep carboniferous limestone cliff face overlooking the sea and The Knave to the south-west. The cave is accessed via a narrow terrace that extends along the cliff in front of the cave. The entrance measures 1.7m in height and 2.7m in width at its base. It measures 2.9m in depth and possesses an earthen and stone rubble floor. Access to a secondary chamber is obstructed by stone rubble. There is a flat-topped mound projecting seawards outside of the cave entrance from which bone and pottery dated to the Bronze Age have been recovered. The mound is semi-circular in shape on plan and measures 3.6m in diameter.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric land use, settlement and economy. The cave retains well preserved deposits of significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, layout and functional detail.
The scheduled area comprises of the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.