Jamaican Caving Notes
May 21, 2005
Team: Stewart, Conolley.
Notes: RS Stewart
This site is a shelter cave found in a hillside about 10 metres above the Clarks Town to Campbells road, 500 metres to the east of the fork to Kinloss. It was visited by the JCO on the last day of the PiP Project expeditions, and was the second to last cave done. It can be found easily by driving along the road until a GPS shows you to be within 40 metres of the listed position, and then looking up the hill to the north a short distance.
There is no dark zone here, and temperature and humidity are at outside ambient.
Darker parts of the shelter are an occasional roost for Artibeus bats. There is no accumulation of guano.
Formations are limited to stals.
The cave was investigated by the American Museum of Natural History in 1993, but we do not have access to their report. We noted breccia, but have no information on whether excavations were done in search of Quaternary fossils.
we were at the car, below the cave, a gentleman came by who supplied
some interesting information in the course of our conversation.
Across the road to the south, in a valley that runs into the hills,
is a track that leads to Barbecue Bottom. We'd known there was an old
track that comes into BBQ Bottom from somewhere, but we didn't know
where it started. The approximate location of the start of the track
is at 18 23 02.0 N, 77 32 45.9 W. We did not actually go and look at
it, but by using the topos afterwards, and his indication of the gap
in the hills that we could see from Campbells Cave, I was able to
derive the position given - it should be within 30-40 metres,
east-west, of the track where it cuts into the southern hills.
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