EuroSpeleo 2016 Sessions

Field Trip: Ben Scar Cave Excavation - Open to All

Session code: FS2

Field / Science, Main EuroSpeleo Conference

Mrs Lisa Westcott Wilkins


Under the Uplands is an exciting new HLF-funded project uniting archaeologists, researchers and Yorkshire’s well-established caving community with the public to bring the region’s distinctive cave archaeology to international attention.
As part of the project, the DigVentures team will be excavating Ben Scar Cave, near Settle, Yorkshire, during the week of the EuroSpeleo Congress (15 – 21st August). Congress delegates are encouraged to come along as visitors or participants (free of charge). No previous experience of cave archaeology is necessary.
And this is no ordinary cave dig: there is no known record of any previous investigation in Ben Scar and the team will be using photogrammetry (3D digital photography and modelling) to record their finds and trenches, as well as offering all participants a taster session in this essential recording skill.
Ben Scar is within easy walking distance of the archaeologically rich Jubilee, Victoria, and Attermire caves, and should be just as exciting in terms of finds. Why not make a day of it? Come and see us and join in!

Time: 09:00 – 17:00 daily, 15 – 21st August 2016
Cost: Free. Booking needed to participate in the dig. Visiting is open anytime.

To book: contact us by email, or call 0333 011 3990

How to get to Ben Scar: the popular Settle Loop footpath runs immediately below the cave, and there will be signage pointing to the dig. See map here: