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Monument record MDR6410 - Sepulchral Cave, Markland Grips, Elmton

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  • None recorded

Full Description

(SK 5175 ?) Four probable Neolithic burials were discovered walled in to a small cave on the north side of the valley at the east end of Markland Grips by A L Armstrong in 1924. (1-4) Excavations at Sepulchral cave (MGT77) have produced the remains of at least five human burials. The cave, which no longer contains any sediment, is 1m wide and 2m high and extends back for 3m. This is located on a high level rock face, below which is a moderate to steep talus. The talus slope, which starts at the base of the cave entrance, appears to have buried a possible entrance to a lower chamber but it has not been possible to determine the size of any lower chamber, if it exists. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: 1924. Committee for Excav of Derby Caves Interim Rep No 3.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Marsden, B. 1977. The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire. p111.
  • <3> Archive: Armstrong, A. Notebooks in Sheffield City Museum.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Hart, C (NDAT). 1981. The North Derbyshire Archaeological Survey to AD 1500. p36-7.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Davies, G, Badcock, A, Mills, N & Smith, B (ARCUS). 2004. Creswell Crags Limestone Heritage Area Management Action Plan. ARCUS Draft Report 719b.1. p 45; Drawing No: 3.15.



Grid reference SK 510 751 (point) (Approximate)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR3915

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Record last edited

Jun 12 2017 4:40PM

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