Posted on April 12, 2016 | By Mr Cole | 5 responses
We’ve arrived at Kents Cavern. Elliot is our guide.
Look who we bumped into! (Zoe was here for a meeting) And we were told there were no scary creatures at the cave…!
Topsy the donkey helped excavate the cave with Mr Pengelly in 1865.
They only discovered a very small part.
Kents Cavern is made out of Devonian Limestone which was made from old fishbones millions of years ago. Water made the holes in the rock and formed the caves when the icecaps melted at the end of the ice age.
Even Topsy came in through the small hole that is now up near the ceiling they dug out the floor below with explosives!
Can you see the dragon hiding in this chamber?
Jospeh and Rivers knew lots about cave formation.
This stalactite will meet its stalagmite in about 17,000 years. That’s a long time!
This is the cave’s quickest growing stalagmite. It has Elliot’s torch on it. In one year it will grow by the width of one of your hairs…or 0.06mm.
Alas, poor Yorick…
The first pre-humans who lived in the cave were Homo heidelbergensis.
This is a model of a hand axe they’d have used. Real ones were found in this cave.
And neanderthals were found here too. Here’s one of their skulls. They invented things like bows and arrows and were very clever.
No, Blue, neanderthals didn’t really wear baseball caps.
The last species who lived in the cave were Homo sapiens… that’s us! Remains from 44,000 years ago were found in Kents Cavern…the oldest surviving relics in the UK.
This is the Bear’s Den…but we couldn’t find Mrs Furse anywhere…
Elliot turned off the lights and blew out his candle. This is what we saw…
…apart from Harrison’s glow in the dark top!
Thank you, Elliot, we had a great tour!