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Latitude: 51.6788 / 51°40'43"N
Longitude: -4.9248 / 4°55'29"W
OS Eastings: 197886
OS Northings: 201834
OS Grid: SM978018
Mapcode National: GBR G8.DBWW
Mapcode Global: VH1S6.L29B
Entry Name: Priory Farm Cave
Scheduled Date: 22 February 1989
Source ID: 2084
Cadw Legacy ID: PE435
Schedule Class: Monument
County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Community: Pembroke (Penfro)
Built-Up Area: Pembroke
Traditional County: Pembrokeshire
The monument consists of a cave containing archaeological deposits that can date from as early as the Palaeolithic period and an Early Medieval settlement. A cave may have been used for occupation, storage, burial, refuse, or as a temporary shelter. Priory Farm Cave is located at the base of a low cliff on the valley side overlooking the Pembroke River. The entrance to the cave is 6m wide and the passage is approximately 30m in length. The cave was excavated in the early 20th century, however, the Palaeolithic finds were not recognised as such until 1933. The assemblage also included finds from the Mesolithic and the Bronze Age and human and faunal remains. The faunal assemblage is thought to have pre-dated the human occupation. Further work in 1999 discovered evidence of flint processing and a Bronze Age shell midden.
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.
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