28th January 2017

With Jake, Jonathon, Matt and Nick.

Jake was at the sharp end, filling bags and shifting rocks, Jonathon clearing away. I was positioned at the top of the slope, loading skips to Matt, on the haul and shuttle. Nick was on the surface but, also helped Matt with the haul and shuttle duties.

First, there was a backlog of spoil that Nick and I had dug on Tuesday evening to move out of the cave; about 30 bags plus an assortment of rocks. While this was done, Jonathon piled today’s spoil at the base of the slope.

When Tuesday’s stuff was cleared, we set about moving today’s pile out. No-one was counting really, but it must have been another 50 bags plus several loads of rock, some of them quite large.

At the end of the digging session, Jonathon and I went to look at the end. After a couple of hours full-on digging effort, the air was clear and fresh, and the chamber is getting bigger. There is, air movement, from the north and/or north-east side.

Still more to be dug out though!

Cave cleared and secured, it was time for some refreshments.

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist