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Monument record MDR2234 - Cave Dale Cave, Castleton

Type and Period (3)

  • (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Cave Dale Cave, a small cave just underneath the Keep of Peveril Castle extending inwards about eleven feet, was excavated by Pennington who found a bronze celt now in Bolton Museum (4), a piece of jet, "rude pottery", charcoal, a bone comb and human and animal bones. Below a stalagmite he found flint implements and human and animal bones. (Another cave nearby called the "Creep Hole" was explored in 1875, see SMR 3308). A stone axe in the scree from one of the caves was found by a Castleton boy. (1,3,4,8) Caves, human remains, Celt, etc. found. (Half of a Celt etc. found). (2) No further information. Neither of the caves is identifiable. (5) Cave Dale has four known archaeological caves, although 15 caves exist in total. Most of the caves cannot be entered, including the deeper ones near Peveril Castle due to an accumulation of sediments within the caves. CA05 (SK1492482564) is directly below the castle garderobe and a small fragment of animal bone was noted on the top of a spoil heap created by badgers. This cave, alongside CA06 (SK1493782574) might have been excavated by Pennington but the records are vague as to which caves were actually dug. There is no trace of excavation due to animal action. (9)

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Pennington, R. 1877. Notes on the Barrows and Bone Caves of Derbyshire. pp 53-57.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1913-38. 6".
  • <3> Index: Preston, F L. 1956. Hunter Archaeological Society Index.
  • <4> Article in serial: 1961. Transcript of the Hunter Archaeology Society. Vol. 8, part 3. p 162.
  • <5> Personal Observation: F1 FRH 15-SEP-65.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Beswick, P. 1969. The Rooke Pennington Collection from Derbyshire in Bolton Museum.
  • <7> Index: NDAT. 0581.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J (PDNPA). 1992. Aston Hall, land at Castleton, Derbyshire, archaeological survey, 1992. No. 77, p 12.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Holderness, H, Davies, G, Chamberlain, A & Donahue, R (ARCUS). 2006. A Conservation Audit of Archaeological Cave Resources in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. ARCUS Research Report 743.b. pp 25-26.



Grid reference Centred SK 1499 8262 (10m by 10m) (Centre)

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Related Events/Activities (7)

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Record last edited

Jan 11 2016 12:13PM

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