12th May 2018

With Jake, Tav, Brockers, Alex and Jonathon.

Jonathon digging with assistance from Alex,
who was clearing the filled bags and occasional rocks to Brockers, on the
slope. The spoil, loaded into the skip and I hauled and shuttled the bags and
rocks to the entrance where Jake and Tav were on surface duties. In addition to
hauling spoil from the cave, wall building was continued.

It wasn’t too long before the skip required
replacement, this done, the skip moved smoothly along the passage, a joyful
thing. Ahead, on the digging front, it seems there were a variety of
discussions taking place, such as, the benefits of alternating left-handed and
right-handed diggers in the low passage, and the merits, or demerits, of having two
people in-line that have issues with authority. Never mind, spoil was removed at
a steady pace. I had some time to dig some sediment from the low passage that leads
to the west series, a follow-on from Brockers effort last session, it is hoped the
passage to the east will drain into here.

At the cessation of today’s activities, 51 bags
and 9 skip-loads of rock were hauled out from the cave. The surface team had depleted
the supply of available rocks, we’ll need some more to continue the wall building.
Another productive session, pub-time.

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist