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Volunteers wanted for surface work at Thrupe Lane Swallet, Mendip!

ATLAS (the Association of Thrupe Lane Advanced Speleologists) are planning a maintenance session at Thrupe Lane Swallet and are keen to get some help. You can also have a barbecue and catch up with friends ...

Events round-up: Hidden Earth cancelled, BCRA talks/AGM and a case of possible cannibalism in South Gloucestershire

Covid continues to create certainty for events organisers, with some cancelled and others moving online, but there might be light at the end of the tunnel ... unless it's a caver coming the other way ...

Now watch enterprising Gina go north!

In a world first, British caver, polar explorer and climate change scientist Gina Moseley is preparing to lead an expedition to the planet’s northernmost caves in Greenland. While the expedition will explore several caves, there ...

Caving during a pandemic

This account of a caving holiday in South Wales has no exciting discoveries, no dramatic incidents, and no unusual activities. But we hope Peter Burgess' account of a caving trip to South Wales reminds our ...

Using dental wear to estimate age at death – work on cave archaeology

Sammy Field, from the University of Southampton, visited the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society's collections as a PhD researcher to collect data for her thesis, ‘Re-evaluating the use of dental wear to estimate age at ...

The Caves of Mid-West Ireland

UBSS, Bristol. 2019. 364pp, 20 colour photographs, 136 maps and surveys. Hardback, 180mm × 248mm. £20 ISBN 978-0-9545850-1-3 In one sense, Caves of Mid-West Ireland is the fourth edition of this caving guidebook, while in ...

Travels Beneath the Earth – Celebrating the UBSS Centenary

On Saturday, 9th November 2019, the University of Bristol Speleological Society brought the public facing part of their centenary year to an end with a superb symposium, and attracted a good number of cavers to ...

Cannibals, caves and climate change

In 2019, The University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS), one of the oldest caving clubs in the country, celebrates 100 years of cave and archaeological exploration and research. On the 9th/10th November, to mark the ...

Book review: Death Sentence

Swildon's Hole and a terminally bad experience in Sump 1 feature in our latest look at caving fiction. I’ve followed Damian Boyd’s West Country police series on and off over the years but managed to ...

Aveline’s Hole: A new twist in an old tale

New samples taken for DNA analysis from human bone from Aveline's Hole by Natural History Museum researchers have thrown up surprising results. Graham Mullan reports on their findings. Aveline's Hole, Burrington Combe, Mendip, contained the ...

Seek and ye shall find – the discovery of Beard’s lost passage in Bleadon Cavern

A dig in Bleadon Cavern on Mendip has revealed more pieces to a mysterious puzzle ... In 1833, a survey was carried out of Bleadon Cavern by John Heel but was, in all likelihood, drawn ...

Ali and Co dig deep at BagPit

Pete Buckley and Ali Moody assisted by a band of Wessex diggers have had more success recently at their dig at Bagpit, on the south side of Mendip above Draycott. The site, a low cliff ...
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