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Report - Carsington Pasture Cave, Brassington, Derbyshire, Feb 14

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Buildinghacker., Feb 18, 2014.

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    The cave entrance is situated at an altitude of 300m on a promontory ridge that curves south and then westwards from the main limestone escarpment, giving a distant viewshed in all directions. Immediately inside the walk-in entrance the cave widens into a 5m diameter chamber (hereafter the “Entrance Chamberâ€￾) which has flowstone decorated walls and a clay floor. An unsuccessful attempt to dig through the floor of the Entrance Chamber was made by members of the Peak District Mines Historical Society in 1965, but no other speleological investigations of the cave have been recorded.

    Some of the bones that have already been removed from the cave have been carbon dated and are believed to be around 5000 years old. There have been various skeletal remains found in the cave including neo natal, children and adults. Bones from wolves and bears have also been found in there amongst other species of animals. Here's a link to a page with some real in depth information on this cave, it's a good read and details all of the human and animal bones(some no longer roaming our land) found in there. CAPRA - Carsington Pasture Cave, Brassington, Derbyshire: a Prehistoric Burial Site - A.T. Chamberlain 1999

    If you visit make sure it has been dry for a few days at least, when I visited it hadn't rained for a while and was still really muddy and sludgy, apologies that the photo's aren't the best quality but I didn't want to take my slr in aswell as my camcorder, it's fairly tight in places aswell. Next time I go I will be taking it as ive got footage already :)



    Tray of various bones


    Human skull encrusted in stalagmite deposit




    Cattle skull


    2nd chamber


    Few more of the skull



    Some kind of ball joint


    This is either a tibia or a femur, not quite sure, maybe somebody else might know more.


    Crawling about in the 2nd chamber


    Beware of these little fellows if you don't like spiders, they are everywhere with nest's included.:)

    #1 Buildinghacker., Feb 18, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2014

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