Fairy Hole (Cove Hole, Tom Lee's Hole), Grassington

NGR: SD 9986 6498

BONES: Pig, Human. The identification of Bear given in Taylor et al. (2011) is erroneous. The reference to bear bones and a carbon date of circa 500 AD is believed to be confusion with information from an excavation at Kinsey Cave undertaken in 2005 (see Kinsey Cave).


IDENTIFICATION: T. Taylor, University of Bradford.


NOTES: A number of large bones were found at Cove Hole in debris from a previous excavation of unknown date, mainly domestic species (J Thorp, pers. comm.) Human remains from this site consist of 2 teeth associated with a drilled periwinkle shell. The reference from Taylor (2010) does not name the cave site described but details of the finds and stratigraphy confirm it is Cove Hole.


Taylor, T. (rapporteur: Addyman P V) (2011) Caves in Context: Research Agendas for Underground Environment. In R.D. Martlew (ed) Prehistory of the Yorkshire Dales (recent research and future prospects) Place /Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust.

Taylor, T. (2010) The Artificial Ape: how technology changed the course of evolution. New York. Palgrave MacMillan. p 147.

Warren, S. (2017) Cave surveys from the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton. Privately published. p 11.

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