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Belmont Cave-2

August 16, 2010

District: Belmont

Parish: Clarendon

WGS84 L/L: 18 02 33.6, 77 21 09.5

JAD2001: 712663 E, 654758 N

JAD69: 212552 E, 154469 N

Altitude: 510m WGS84

Accuracy: +/- 5m horizontal; +/- 10m vertical


Type: Shelter

Accessibility: Walk-in

Depth: 6m

Length: 10m

Explorers: GSD, 1954(?)

Survey: None

JU Ref: pg 90

JU Map: N/A

Entrance size: 6m wide, 3m high

Entrance aspect: Not noted

Vegetation in general locale: Scrub/farm

Vegetation at entrance: Scrub

Geology: White limestone

Bedding: Poor

Jointing: Poor

Speleothems: Stals

Palaeo resources: None seen

Archaeo resources: None seen

Hydrology: Dry

Dark zone: 0%.

Climate: outside ambient.

Bats: <100

Bat guano: None

Guano mining: Historical

Guano condition: N/A

Visitation: Occasional

Speleothem damage: None

Graffiti: None seen

Trash: None

Ownership: Private

Protection: None

Vulnerability: Low

Belmont Cave-2
August 16, 2010
Team: RS Stewart
Notes: RS Stewart

The cave was visited during the course of determining that the near by site, Raymonds Cave, is a duplicate entry for Birdgiddie Cave. Stewart returned to the district for a final, thorough search, which yielded only one more – this site. It is a good match for the JU entry, which reads, “A shallow cave contains guano deposits”.

It is not much more than a shelter, with short descending extensions on the left and right. There is no true dark zone. The resident who led Stewart to the entrance stated that guano was dug here in the past, but no bats were present during the visit. Presumably, it is an occasional Artibeus jamaicensis roost, with total numbers at any one time under 100. There seems little point in capture and release netting.

A quick look revealed no pictograms or petroglyphs, although the morphology (open, dry, and airy) would have been conducive to its use by Taino. That said, it is well inland from both coasts, and isn’t near any rivers, so it is doubtful that it will have archaeo resources.

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