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Descent 261

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Forty pages of news, opinions and images in quality (and durable) form. The front cover is a lovely image by Paul Swire, which makes a pitch in Heron Pot look much nicer than it probably is when you’re actually there.

In local news, Peak cavers are well served with the release of the Son of Lancliffe breakthrough; it’s nice that this very interesting site can now be reported.

Further afield, expeditionary cavers who like deep holes will find food for thought in David Rose’ article on the Riesending. The rescue of 2014 is recognised as an epic, and its successful outcome is a tribute to all concerned. What is less well recognised is that exploration in this prime site continues, and which we learn more about here.

In Ireland, Dr Marion Dowd brings a great deal of authority and expertise to the subject of underground archaeology - not so much what is dug up, as what you might stumble on in caves and souterrains. For various reasons the country is a prime location for such discoveries, and if you’re planning on visiting - or indeed if you’re a digger in the U.K. - it makes sense to know what you need to be looking for! A fascinating piece.

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