News: Pre Columbian Cave Art in the Caribbean

News: Pre Columbian Cave Art in the Caribbean

New research by academics from the University of Leicester and the British Museum, working with colleagues from the British Geological Survey and Cambridge University, outlines the science behind the largest concentration of indigenous pre-Columbian rock art in the Caribbean. Exploration and surveys of around 70 cave systems — part of an interdisciplinary study of past…

News: UNEXMIN: An Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

News: UNEXMIN: An Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

Thirteen organisations from seven countries across Europe are collaborating in an ambitious project to develop a submersible robotic system for surveying and exploration of flooded mines. The €5 million project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, includes the development of a Robotic Explorer (UX-1) for autonomous 3D mine mapping to gather valuable…

News: The 2017 J-Rat Digging Award

News: The 2017 J-Rat Digging Award

The deadline has passed, the figures are in and the 2017 annual J-Rat Digging Award will be announced at a gala evening at the Hunters’ Lodge Inn on Saturday 25th November. The festivities will begin at 7.30 p.m. Will the winner be from Mendip, like last year, from Scotland or from further afield? Your correspondent…

News: Bristol Students Surveying in Co. Clare

News: Bristol Students Surveying in Co. Clare

At the beginning of the summer break of 2017, six members of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS) travelled to County Clare on our annual Ireland expedition. Our main objective was to continue the re-surveying of the Coolagh River cave which was started last year. We also had the secondary objective of continuing survey…

News: Li-Ion batteries being confiscated

News: Li-Ion batteries being confiscated

News has reached us that cavers travelling through Dubai airport are having their Li-Ion batteries confiscated. We understand that some travellers have had as many as three Scurion batteries taken from them. According to the Scurion website. “Rules for transportation of such batteries in airplanes are made by the IATA and the carriers normally follow…

Caving Club Journals online

Caving Club Journals online

Congratulations to the Wessex Cave Club for making their entire back catalogue of journals available online. This is an excellent resource and joins those from the BEC and the UBSS which have been available for some time. In each case non-members will find that the latest publications are not uploaded for open view until about…

News: University of Bristol Carbon-Dating Facility

News: University of Bristol Carbon-Dating Facility

In November 2015, the University of Bristol unveiled the brand new Bristol Radiocarbon Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (BRAMS). This instrument is based on one of the new generation of ultra-compact high-precision AMS instruments and will be used for 14C analysis in environmental, archaeological and palaeoenvironmental research. The term ultra-compact is relative, as the instrument weighs 4.5 metric…

News: Pen Park Hole Scheduled as Site of Special Scientific Interest

News: Pen Park Hole Scheduled as Site of Special Scientific Interest

Pen Park Hole, a spectacular hydrothermal cave beneath north Bristol, has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England. The cave has a long and interesting history. It was first been descended in July 1669 by Captain Samuel Sturmy, a local mariner, accompanied by a miner. It was eventually…

British Cave Registries

British Cave Registries

We at DB Towers were rather surprised that one of our number, on hearing of the new and very impressive Derbyshire Cave Registry and Access Guide said that he “thought there was something similar for Mendip.” Indeed there is and the Mendip Cave Registry and Archive is a wonderful resource that has been online for…

Expedition News: The Caves of the Kosua, Papua New Guinea

Expedition News: The Caves of the Kosua, Papua New Guinea

Far from the floods back home, a team of fifteen cavers, mostly from Ireland, spent Christmas and New Year exploring caves in the Papua New Guinea rainforest. The Kosua tribe own land near Mount Bosavi in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. In 2011/12 a successful reconnaissance expedition had explored caves around the…

News: Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter now available

News: Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter now available

The latest edition of the Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter for January 2016 is now available. The Newsletter contains reports from all over Wales, including a report on the finds at Ogof Marris (described here by Darkness UK), details of the permit system for access to the Castlemartin Range for new exploration, an account of the…

News: Exploration progresses at Wookey Hole

News: Exploration progresses at Wookey Hole

Since the completion of the show-cave tunnel to Chamber 20 in Wookey, last year, a number of groups have been digging and exploring in various nooks and crannies that had never been properly pushed by the divers. This work has now borne its first fruits with the discovery of an overland (dry) route to Edmund’s…

News: Gazetteer of Caves, Fissures and Rock Shelters in Britain Containing Human Remains

News: Gazetteer of Caves, Fissures and Rock Shelters in Britain Containing Human Remains

Looking for information on human remains in caves? Look no further. Professor Andrew Chamberlain of the University of Manchester has compiled a gazetteer of all sites in Britain in which human remains have been found. This resource is hosted by the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS) and can be found here. The gazetteer contains…