Lime Kiln Hill Quarry Cave


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County Council

Somerset County Council

District Council

Mendip District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Somerton and Frome

Grid Reference

SJ731731 (373062, 148659)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.236, -2.3859

Nearest Postcode

BA11 3PH

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A natural fissure in the rock in the extreme south west corner of Lime Kiln Hill Quarry (then Whatley Quarry) was found on July 10th during blasting. The fissure contained bones of mammoth and other animals, plus some flints. A small handaxe and other animal remains were discovered subsequently in another cave and/or fissure(s) in the same quarry. The fissure discovered in 1951 was later destroyed by blasting.

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User-Submitted Notes

This in Lime Kiln Hill Quarry, on Lime Kiln Hill in Mells village. It is not a part of Whatley Quarry, I thought that it was still there, but does the conservation still exist if it is?

j bissex, 11 August 2016

I excavated this bone fissure over many years which was briefly noted in Proc.Univ.Bristol.Spelaeol.Soc. 16,(1),70.1981. It was the larger of two Pleistocene bone deposits encountered during quarrying operations. Final report on these sites is in preparation.
The site I believe you are referring to is a further Pleistocene site in Whatley Quarry - Proc, Univ.Bristol.Spelaeol.Soc 7(1),51-53 reported on by Prof D.T.Donovan

Roy Vranch, 29 December 2016

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