Tuesday, July 05, 2011

New medieval carvings discovered in Royston Cave

Underneath 500-years-worth of dirt, new carvings were revealed today on the floor of a medieval cave. The discovery of what is thought to be burial plaques was made at the start of an investigation to restore and protect the 13th century mystical drawings in a 5,000-year-old chalk cavern 40ft below street level in Royston.

Click here to read this article from The Hertfordshire Mercury

Work begins to preserve historic carvings at Royston Cave

Conservationists in Hertfordshire are working to preserve historic underground carvings.Dating from the 14th Century, the wall carvings at Royston Cave feature a range of religious symbols.

Since its discovery in the 18th Century, the cave has experienced a marked deterioration in the detail of its carvings. Experts believe the damage is being caused by worms feeding on nutrients in the chalk walls.

Click here to read this article from the BBC