Jamaican Caving Notes
(Pantrepant East Cave) May 15, 2005
Team: Stewart, Conolley, Roggy.
Notes: RS Stewart
This cave is undoubtedly the site listed in JU as Spring Cave, but the JCO first came to know it as Pantrepant East, when it was visited by IC Conolley as part of archaeological studies he was conducting, so we are also listing it under this designation. This day, it was visited by us before investigating Pantrepant West. We must thank Chris Blackwell, owner of the Pantrepant Estate, for allowing us to access these caves.
In Jamaica Underground, under the entry for Spring Cave, we find only the following: "A shelter, about 15m wide, has Amerindian petroglyphs. May be the same site as Pantrepant Cave." The coordinates given plot 225m, bearing 250 true, from the main entrance to Pantrepant East, in flat land that has no caves. We know of no other caves in the immediate vicinity than the one discussed here. We must therefore conclude Pantrepant East is Spring Cave, and indeed a different site from what we believe to be Pantrepant Cave, also a Taino site, designated Pantrepant West by us. Most confusingly, Pantrepant Cave has a synonym name of, "Spring Cave", but we are tossing that out the window, and disregarding it completely, so that we can bring some clarity to the situation with regard to the identification of the Pantrepant caves.
Spring Cave is what could be referred to as a Complex Shelter, as it has no dark-zone, but has a chamber that runs entirely under a hill, to give entrance on both sides. In addition, there is a section outside a deep cut, under an overhang; this is where the glyphs are found. The chamber that runs through the hill is about 10m wide, and high, and is exposed to daylight in all sections.
Parts of the main chamber might occasionally harbour Artibeus, but none were seen. There are no troglobitic species at the cave due to lack of dark-zone.
The most obvious glyphs here are on a stalagmite that is easily found as one approaches the entrance. It was determined later by DK Roggy that the aspect is towards the rising-point of the sun on the summer solstice, ~70 deg mag, but it isn't known at this time if it is coincidence, or part of a larger pattern. His notes for the cave follow.
Pantrepant East Cave
May 15, 2005
Notes: DK Roggy
approached this shelter cave and were directed immediately to a
petroglyph by Stefan. I photographed this well-known glyph that
comprises a face with something below it (IMG_4764). It faced 357
degrees (mag) according to my compass. I took some pics of a
bit of flowstone above the petroglyph that Stefan and others thought
might have something on it (IMG_4766_no_flash, IMG_4767_flash).
I took pics both with and without a flash. Later examination of
the photos does not reveal anything.
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