Updated 5th May 2001; 2nd November 2002; 23rd December 2008; 17th October 2015; 30th November 2016; 22nd May 2017; 7th May, 23rd September 2018
An easily missed entrance - it couldn't be found in the summer 2015 - that immediately slopes down and enlarges to a phreatic passage and a dig in the floor. A trench has been dug along one wall.
Excavations in April 2018 were concentrated against the hading wall nearest the entrance where, a few metres down, the wall started to curve under. There may be a draught but, as one wall in the rift is mud and rock and it is the route for surface water, the dig was thought likely to slump in before shoring could occur.
In the summer 2018, some shoring was installed and further progress was made under the wall.
The site has been excavated by Spanish archaeologists and has some prehistoric significance. A large number of butchered bones have been studied but no flints have been found. The site is classified as an occasional palaeolithic habitat (Ruiz Cobo Jesús et al, 2008).
An earlier GPS reading is 30T 453033 4798234 (Datum: ETRS89)
Reference: anon., 1991 (logbook); anon., 1993c (Easter logbook);
anon., 2001a (Easter logbook); pers comm (email 24/6/02); Ruiz Cobo Jesús
and Smith Peter, 2003 (survey and photo); Ruiz Cobo Jesús et al, 2008
(survey); anon., 2015c (summer logbook); anon., 2016d (autumn logbook); Ruiz Cobo Jesús, 2016b; anon., 2017b (Easter logbook); anon., 2018b (Easter logbook); anon., 2018c (summer logbook)
Entrance pictures : 2002, 2016 & 2018 : video, April 2018 (YouTube)
Underground pictures: April 2018 : August 2018
Misc: Bones found, August 2018
Video: Excavation, April 2018
Detailed Survey : sketch from log book survey from Ruiz Cobo Jesús et al, 2008
Line Survey :
On area survey :
Survex file : April 2018