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The Island of Pabay has been a home and refuge for humans throughout recorded history. Currently three sites are under investigation (click on the site name to see the map):

1)The Chapel

The site of the chapel has been shown on OS maps since the early years of this century. As the name of Pabay means "Priests Island" it is thought that at one time there was a religious community of some size living on the island. Since the removal of sheep from Pabay this site has become overgrown with grass. It is hoped that careful grass removal and a detailed survey will be carried out during the spring of 2000.

2) Pre-historic campsite

This site is difficult to see as it is only visible as a section in the collapsing cliff edge. The visible remains are a 100mm thick layer of black soil containing ash and charcoal associated with lithics (stone flake tools). This 'occupation layer lies 350mm below the current ground surface and directly on the post glacial surface. Potentially a very important site which may date to the post glacial years when man first moved into this area. (Mesolithic 6000 BC±)

3) Cave and Midden

A large cave at the base of the south-west facing cliff. Filling the mouth of the cave and running down to the beach is a large heap of occupation debris (black soil containing many limpet shells, bones etc). The cave appears to be about 10 metres deep and perhaps the same wide and is now filled to within 1.5 metes of the roof with rockfall and occupation debris. This is another important site which may date to the Mesolithic or later Pre-historic times.

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