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Descent (203), August 2008

The Descent Retrospective

The Changing Face of British Expeditions

Our series of ‘retrospective’ articles, looking at changes in caving since Descent was first published, continues with Dave Checkley’s examination of the evolution of British caving expeditions.

Adieu: The British Caver

With its subtitle A Netherworld Journal, The British Caver was published for over seven decades until it finally ceased publication in 2007. It is time to bid farewell.

Caring for Our Caves

Our caves are our heritage; we are their custodians for tomorrow’s cavers, so isn’t it time to put in some effort?

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The Grotto of Adelsberg

Only after a good night’s sleep did the travellers realise that they had not been ‘under the influence of a midnight dream, during all that strange voyage of discovery to the heart of the earth.’

Researching Cave Radon

The results of the latest radon gas studies in the caves of Llangattock in South Wales were surprising, to say the least.

The Wolf Den: Ten Years On

The human bones discovered by cavers in the Wolf Den over ten years ago have been returned to their resting place, but not before some further research was undertaken.

It was Only a Fishmonger’s Tooth

Continuing the archaeological theme, another team is busy excavating and filming in Fishmonger’s Swallet.

The Dig

There was only a five-inch gap to get through. That’s all ...

Cover: Rob Eavis in Tripa tou Voria, Greece. Photo: Robbie Shone

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