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Victoria Cave

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<b>Victoria Cave</b>Posted by RhiannonImage © W. Boyd Dawkins, Esq., M.A., F.R.S., F.G.S.
Nearest Town:Barnoldswick (18km SSE)
OS Ref (GB):   SD838650 / Sheet: 98
Latitude:54° 4' 49.38" N
Longitude:   2° 14' 51.51" W

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"The Victoria Cave, near Settle, so called from its discovery on the coronation day of our Queen, stands about half-way up a cliff two hundred feet high."

Mr Jackson, the superintendant of the excavations, found a layer containing lots of "ornaments and implements." I liked the way they were described - and some of them have got to be prehistoric:

"Besides spindlewhorls, beads, and curious nondescript articles of bone, it yielded bronze fibulae of undoubtedly Roman workmanship, a portion of the ivory hilt of a Roman sword, and spiral armlets made of bronze and gilded, which possibly may not be Roman. Some of the ornaments certainly present a style of art which is not Roman, and which is by no means of a contemptible order [!]. One curious circular brooch was composed of two plates of bronze soldered together, the front being very thin, and bearing flamboyant and spiral patterns of admirable design and execution."

Of another fibula, "its delicate workmanship implies a high degree of taste in the fabricator."

Report on the Results Obtained by the Settle Cave Exploration Committee Out of Victoria Cave in 1870.
W. Boyd Dawkins
The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 1. (1872), pp. 60-70.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th June 2007ce

This cave has shown extensive use from the Mesolithic and before to the Roman period. Finds have included animal bone, flints and pottery. Posted by BrigantesNation
6th August 2003ce


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Non-Human remains from Victoria Cave
Posted by grumpy3039
19th June 2007ce
Edited 20th June 2007ce

Caving in the Settle Area, Victoria Cave

A detailed description of Victoria Cave
Posted by grumpy3039
12th June 2007ce
Edited 22nd November 2008ce

Out Of Oblivion - Victoria Cave

The excellent Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities Out of Oblivion website Contains - a description of the cave and its archaeology, location details, Public transport details and accessibility information.
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
3rd August 2006ce