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Potter`s Cave

A Scheduled Monument in Tenby (Dinbych-y-pysgod), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.6417 / 51°38'30"N

Longitude: -4.6844 / 4°41'3"W

OS Eastings: 214352

OS Northings: 197070

OS Grid: SS143970

Mapcode National: GBR GF.SGCW

Mapcode Global: VH2PS.RZDV

Entry Name: Potter`s Cave

Scheduled Date: 11 September 1986

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2733

Cadw Legacy ID: PE424

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Cave

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Tenby (Dinbych-y-pysgod)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a cave containing archaeological deposits, dating to the palaeolithic period. The cave opens onto a small terrace c 20m above OD in the limestone cliff of the north coast of Caldey Island. The north facing entrance of the cave is 1m wide, 2m high situated half way up a cliff face. The main cave extends 4m into the rock and a smaller passage extends a further 2m. It has been excavated, which revealed Palaeolithic flint artefacts as well as mesolithic implements. Neolithic flint and pottery, and pottery belonging to Beaker and Iron Age periods were also found.

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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