EuroSpeleo 2016 Sessions

Matienzo Caves Project - 56 years of expedition caving

Session code: OE6

Oral / Exploration, Main EuroSpeleo Conference

Mr Juan Corrin


A 20 minute summary of 138 speleological expeditions to Matienzo, Cantabria. Digs leading to major systems explored above and below water; geology; paleoclimate; cave biology; future leads; archaeology and changing methods and equipment will all get a brief mention in a whirlwind tour of the area.
By 2016, over 370km of cave passages in more than 4400 sites have been documented by the expeditions and much of the information published online - see


Juan has been a member of the team exploring and documenting the caves of Matienzo since 1975. Since 1978, he has coordinated and published the results of the expeditions - more recently through a comprehensive web site.