Bull Thistle Cave Archaeological Site

The Bull Thistle Cave Archaeological Site is an archaeological site on the National Register of Historic Places, located in Tazewell County, Virginia. It is a vertical shaft pit burial cave. The distribution of the skeletal remains indicates that bodies were either thrown or lowered into the cave. On the surface of the cave floor, researchers have discovered the remains of a minimum of 11 bodies. Based on an artifact recovered from the site, it is estimated that the cave was used for burials between 1300 and 1600 AD.[3]

Bull Thistle Cave Archaeological Site (44TZ92)
Nearest cityTazewell, Virginia
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference #87001531[1]
VLR #092-0022
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 10, 1987
Designated VLRMarch 17, 1987[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[1]


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. Barber, Michael B.; Hubbard, David A. Jr. "Overview of the Use of Caves in Virginia: A 10,500 Year History" (PDF). Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. 59 (3): 132–136. Retrieved December 27, 2016.

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