17th December 2016

With Jake, Tav, Nick and Alex.

My turn to do the digging, which was a tad awkward this session, edging forward along a barely body sized fissure, loosening the spoil, then dragging it back to where there was enough space to bag it up for Jake to clear away.

Jake was filling some bags too, cleaning off the ledges on the slope. Tav was at the top, hauling the skip up the slope, then transferring the load to another skip down to Nick on the haul and shuttle. Nick had remained on the surface for a short time to carry out some wall building. Alex had gone off to do his own thing for a while before coming over to Hallowe’en Rift to help clear out the bags and rocks to the surface, 50 loads in total (46 bags and 4 skip loads of rocks).

The rocks had come from a large flake that I had removed with the hammer and chisel after Jake had pointed out a fracture, it’s removal made digging a lot easier.

The way ahead is looking very interesting indeed. The fissure gradually widens, and looks just about body sized, well, after the sediment is removed of course. It appears to widen more about 4-metres further on and looks to turn to the right (north), the air movement is good and fresh. The fissure gains some height and about 500mm above the sediment the remnants of a former false floor can be seen.

There is still a need for some rock removal to ease forward progress and to improve the removal of spoil. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get that done in the coming week.

Another very satisfying session.

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist