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ARCHAEOLOGY

CLEARANCE OF SCOUT HOLE

Clearance of Scout Hole.  In common with most other early DCC digs, Scout Hole had started as a flat-out crawl and been enlarged by digging by Club members and guests (local Scouts) to reveal the full size of the passage.  In recent years, however, as the passage was extended from the section accessible through the original low entrance, the digging converted into careful excavation and many interesting artefacts were found near the end of the accessible passage. 

(Left) Termination.  The current end of the passage appears to be a shaft from the surface which was later used to ventilate the furnace or for some other unknown purpose.  Beyond the dug section, the passage becomes merely a drain (visible in the photograph) although there is some possibility that it originally connected with a similar section of passage in West Mine.  (Picture on left by Elaine Taylor.)

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