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Latitude: 51.5979 / 51°35'52"N
Longitude: -4.1213 / 4°7'16"W
OS Eastings: 253168
OS Northings: 190921
OS Grid: SS531909
Mapcode National: GBR GT.Z706
Mapcode Global: VH4KD.J32B
Entry Name: Tooth Cave, Llethrid
Scheduled Date: 17 December 1961
Source ID: 3743
Cadw Legacy ID: GM284
Schedule Class: Monument
County: Swansea (Abertawe)
Community: Ilston (Llanddinol)
Traditional County: Glamorgan
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.
Tooth Cave is located on the eastern side of the valley that is to the south of Llethrid. The present west facing entrance is approximately 4m above the valley floor at the base of a 5m high limestone quarry face. The cave is 1.4m high, 2m wide and 5m long. In the 1960s the glacial blocking at the inner end of the entrance passage was penetrated, revealing a further passage measuring 5.0m long, which led to a previously undiscovered cave system. The first chamber is reached by a 3m drop from the entrance passage and measures 9m in height, 6m in width and is 10m long. Excavations uncovered the remains of eight individuals. Finds included stone and flint tools, flint flakes and Bronze Age pottery.
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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