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RAVENCLIFE CAVE

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A cave located on the eastern side of Cressbrook Dale. It was explored between 1902 and 1906, and again between 1927 and 1929. In both instances the published reports are rather lacking in detail. Items recovered from the cave include "an isolated scraper of uncertain affinity" (Campbell), but regarded as Upper Palaeolithic; Neolithic polished stone axes, a leaf arrowhead, scrapers and sherds of Peterborough Ware; Beaker sherds; two strips of ribbed gold, possibly representing some kind of ornament (bracelets?) of Bronze Age date; collared urn sherds; Iron Age pottery; Roman pottery, glass beads, bronze brooches, stone hones and shale beads. A bronze awl and some bone items including a ring are probably later prehistoric in date. One glass bead may be Saxon. Human and animal remains were also recovered. The former are generally regarded as later prehistoric in date. The latter may cover all periods from the Palaeolithic to the Roman period.

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