Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Pembrokeshire Caves

Staff: Professor Stephen Aldhouse-Green and Elizabeth Walker

Between 1984 and 1990 the Museum undertook excavation of two caves near Tenby - Hoyle's Mouth and Little Hoyle Caves. During the course of this work artefacts of both Early Upper Palaeolithic and Late Upper Palaeolithic age were uncovered, as well as a later Mesolithic site and some early Christian finds. Amongst the interesting features of the work is a large bird assemblage, whether the remains of peoples diet or a roosting point for birds, it is a fascinating assemblage.

The monograph will include a section on 'The history of the caves' by Elizabeth Walker. The first known excavations of the caves dates to the turn of the twentieth century. Study of these shed light on the interpretation of their work.