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Simmonds, V. 2014. An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst. Mendip Cave Register & Archive (MCRA). (currently being revised, 2016)

I've compiled 'An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst' that is freely available online at www.mendipgeoarch.net and in the archaeology section of the Mendip Cave Register & Archive at www.mcra.org.uk

Wookey Hole, Mendip

field notes 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, June 09, 2017 07:00:05
8th June 2017: with Jake, Nick and Tav.

After some recent torrential rain, it was a relief to find that there wasn't any water running into the dig.

We had a brief discussion about how best to proceed, as the dig gets ever deeper. The decision was that we should engineer the slope before continuing downwards. Jake and I began to dismantle the upper retaining wall and remove the sediment behind it. The rocks were stacked to one-side, as they will be required later. Tav and Nick were carrying out the hauling and spoil dispersal. With two people filling the skip, they were sometimes, rather on the heavy side, as Tav's back will attest. There will be several more sessions needed before forward and/or downward progress can resume. Also, the engineering works will help to protect the dig from too much slumping should it get wet and flood in the winter.

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