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March 31, 2005


Light Cave Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 23.7" N, 77 33' 46.8" W, +/- 10m
Dark Cave Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 22.8" N, 77 33' 46.3" W, +/- 10m
Back Entrance: WGS84 - 18 18' 24.6" N, 77 33' 51.0" W, +/- 10m

Field notes: D. K. Roggy

Cavers: R. S. Stewart, I. C. Conolley, D. Roggy, E. Slack

Time in: 10:00 EST, Time out: 12:00 EST


The light cave entrance can be seen from the roadside, at the top of a steep hill and lying under a small escarpment. The hillside had been set alight recently and thus the ground was bare. We found the footing to be difficult as we made our way up the dry, clumpy soil up the 30 to 40 degree slope. From the light cave chamber one goes straight back and comes to a wall with an opening into a larger chamber, what I would call the dark cave.. Through the opening is a steep and slippery slope. Since Jamaica Underground told us that the dark cave entrance would be an easier way to go through, we went back out, traversed along the edge of the escarpment and came to the dark cave entrance.

From the dark cave entrance we went into the large dark chamber that we could see from the light cave. The light of the morning sun showed through the light cave entrance, then through the hole at the end of the light cave chamber and into this one. Where the light struck within the dark cave I found historical grafitti. As far back as 1821 people had written their names and the year, apparently with coal, and in a rather elagant fashion. This led me to wonder whether we might find Taino petroglyphs or pictographs in the same area, as it seemed an obvious place to do so. With the assistance of Ivor and Elizabeth we looked around, but found no such evidence of Taino occupation.

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