Don't Even Ask 2

  • cccavediagram  Map taken from HRC Report  Warning:  For anyone who tries to locate the cave and possibly do a little exploring of your own, be aware that "you are being covertly monitored".  If you are lucky enough to be able to visit the cave, "be on your best behavior".  The opening to the cave is through a sink hole with the entrance to the cave being about 30' across.  After you get to the entrance, you have go down a steep talus slope another 75' before you reach the bottom, which is the start of the main chamber.  The cave is a large cavity approximately 500' long, 90' at the widest point, with heights varying to over 30' in the main chamber.  Much of the cave floor is jumbled rock and very tricky to navigate.
  • cccave1a-108  Entrance into the cave
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  • cccave1-018  Start of the Main Chamber
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  • cccave1a-035  Entrance into the Well Chamber
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  • cccave1a-036  Well Chamber - at certain times of the year there is water in the hole, but when I was there it was dry.  At one time there was a braided rope hanging near the well.  I would guess it was used to lower a woven bucket down to catch water or it could have been used for balance when near the edge of the water hole.
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  • cccave1-050  This is the Ochre seam which is about 300' into the cave
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  • cccave1-055  This is beyond the Ochre Chamber - about 80% of the way into the cave.  A little bat poop and a few of the perpetrators in the next couple of photos.
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  • cccave2-007  The average ceiling height in this section of the cave ranges from 6' to 10'.
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  • cccave2-040  The next few photos are the gypsum deposits that were located near the rear of the cave.  The gypsum here probably came from the ceiling.
  • cccave2-036  Gypsum seams in the wall.   The gypsum in the walls is so soft in places that it can be removed with your finger.
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  • cccave2-005  The gypsum on the floor is like a fine talc.
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  • cccave1a-016  After exploring part of the cave, I did come across a few artifacts that were either left by archaeologists or have since become exposed.  Either way, it was very exciting to view them, and yes I left them right where I found them.
  • cccave1a-006  Group 1:  Pictured in the next group of photos are the artifacts that I came across while exploring the cave.  They consisted of Atlatl shafts and shaft parts, Atlatl dart, possible arrow shaft, firebrands, and other fired sticks.
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  • cccave1a-017  Group 2:  Atlatl Shaft.
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  • cccave1a-052  Group 3:  This next group consist of Atlatl shaft, firebrand, and possible dart shafts.
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  • cccave1a-065  Group 4
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  • cccave1a-074  Group 5:  There were several places where Atlatl / arrow shafts were laid in a cross configuration.
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  • cccave1a-084  Group 6:  A shaft piercing a small skull and another cross configuration.
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  • cccave1a-091  Group 7:  Possibly a firebrand or fire stick
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  • cccave2-047  Possibly a firebrand or fire stick
  • cccave2-049  Group 8:  Possible lithic and arrow shaft
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  • cccave2-009  Some of the junk left in the cave by irresponsible cavers.
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  • cccave1a-115  Locals
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