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St Peter's Cave

A Scheduled Monument in Chepstow (Cas-gwent), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6313 / 51°37'52"N

Longitude: -2.6677 / 2°40'3"W

OS Eastings: 353883

OS Northings: 192706

OS Grid: ST538927

Mapcode National: GBR JM.8HP4

Mapcode Global: VH87T.Q829

Entry Name: St Peter's Cave

Scheduled Date: 28 May 1965

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 576

Cadw Legacy ID: MM160

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Cave

Period: Prehistoric

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Chepstow (Cas-gwent)

Built-Up Area: Chepstow

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Description

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. St Peter's Cave is located in a limestone cliff on the left bank of the River Wye, immediately below the railway line. The south west facing entrance is 3m high and 4.5m wide. The cave passage extends to approximately 21m and varies in height between 1.5m and 3m. The evidence of charcoal deposits suggests prehistoric activity.

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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