From Earthly Bowels into Light: The History of Geological Speleology and Cave Finds

A three day meeting on the history of cave research will be held in Torquay (Devon, England) from 21-24 April 2005. This will be a joint meeting with the Devonshire Association (Geology Section) and will include field excursions


The study of caves, their formation and their contents, has attracted the interest of a variety of researchers over the past few centuries. In earlier years, some speculated that the great bones and teeth lying in caves belonged to dragons. Various theories of cave formation have been expounded: were these created by earthquake, flood, erosion, solution of rock, or other means? Kent’s Cavern, in Torquay provided a focus for nineteenth century enquiry into Quaternary fauna, and excavations at the nearby Brixham Cave (1858-1859)were central to the human antiquity debate.

If anyone would like to give a talk on the history of cave research, please would they contact either Anne O’Connor, preferably by email to [email protected], or by post to the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, with a brief title or outline. Talks should be aimed at being about 30 minutes long and concentrate on the HISTORY of caving or cave finds.

— Dr Matthew D Eddy Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, 50 Old Elvet, DH1 3HN, United Kingdom.