12th November

Vince was in Hallowe’en Rift with Alex Gee carrying out the next phase of IRS. However, a team assembled to continue the digging in Wookey Hole. Jon provided the following account:

Report by Jon.

“Four diggers attended this evening’s session (Nick, Tav, Mike and Jon). 

The evening was quite uneventful.  The team proceeded directly to Sand Dig where they found surprisingly little water.  There were no more than a few inches at the lowest point, but more had ponded up on the new platform, beyond the base of the ladder.  It was decided that the best course of action was to drain this into the lower level.  A narrow trench was dug along the wall on the left-hand side, when looking in, and the water quickly drained.

Mike ascended into the current dig and proceeded to send down 8 or 10 buckets of spoil and threw down many handfuls more.  The others levelled off the platform so that it may drain better next time.

The base of the ladder was re-seated on the few rocks that were dug out; smaller rocks were placed along the side of the trench to keep it open.

A random glance of a watch then revealed that the allotted time had been used, so the team departed and retired to a local hostelry for liquid refreshment.”

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist!