Keys to the Past

Shaftoe Crags rock shelter (Capheaton)

Shaftoe Crags.
Photo by Harry Rowland.
Shaftoe Crags. Photo by Harry Rowland.

A south facing rock shelter exists at Shaftoe Crags and flints discovered in the 1980s and 1990s suggest it may have been used in the Mesolithic period. The flints included microliths, a blade fragment, end scraper and undiagnostic pieces. Archaeologists have excavated parts of the shelter and believe that they have found early occupation deposits.

Reference number:N10606
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Mesolithic (10000BC to 4000BC)
Event(s):EXCAVATION, Mesolithic Rock Shelter at Salter's Nick, near East Shaftoe Hall ; John Davies and John Nolan

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Capheaton


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