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Wemyss Caves Fife, Time Team at work in the Well Cave.

Sunday 6th June
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The following photographs were taken while the Time Team were excavating the Wemyss Caves.



The images that follow give a flavour of the day, they record some of the activities on the day. Pictures here are exclusive to this web site.

wemyss caves, the well in the well cave
The following set of photo's were taken in the Well Cave.
Above Douglas Spears is seen looking at the site of the original Well.
wemyss caves, the well in the well cave
A closer look at the site of the original well. Some water has started to appear in the now uncovered well. The water was, in Pictish and medieval times,
supposed to have healing powers.


wemyss caves, douglas discusses progress
Douglas discussing progress with one of his colleagues.

wemyss caves, looking into the area where the steps are supposed to be
One of the theories talked about locally has been that there
was a tunnel with stairs running from the castle to the Well cave. It would appear from excavation that this is not the case.
There would appear to be no steps linking the Castle and the Well cave.

wemyss caves, recording in the well cave
Recording findings.

wemyss caves, excavation in the well cave
Above and below: General look at excavation on floor of Well cave.
wemyss caves, excavation in the well cave

wemyss caves, general view in the well cave
Above and below: General shots looking across the Well Cave.
wemyss caves, general view of the work underway in the well cave

wemyss caves, the domed ceiling in the well cave
Looking towards the rood of the cave, showing the pipe fitted
to allow gases to escape.
wemyss caves, support bolts in the well cave
One of the metal ties that had been fitted in the cave to support the roof.
(I don't know when these were fitted)

wemyss caves, 1861 graphitti by william wallace and james wood
Some of the graffiti found in the cave Who were William Wallace and
James Wood? These are dated 1868.

wemyss caves, looking towards the tunnel leading out of the well cave
Looking towards the tunnel that provides access to the cave.
It is a 'crawl' on hands and knees to gain access.

wemyss caves, wonderful colours on the walls of the well cave
A look at one of the side walls. (opposite the graffiti wall pic).

wemyss caves, douglas looks back into the well cave before leaving
Douglas takes one last look back into the Well cave before leaving.

wemyss caves, general shot in the well cave
Above and Below: General pics looking around the cave.
wemyss caves, general shot in the well cave

wemyss caves, well cave ceiling

wemyss caves, well cave ceiling
These were my last photo's of the Well cave before I departed.

wemyss caves, looking from the gate to the tunnel into the well cave
Above and below: The entrance to the Well cave from the outside.
As can be seen the entrance is very small and it is not advised to be wearing
good jeans/trousers or good shoes/boots when trying to crawl in!!!
wemyss caves, shot from the gate towards the tunnel

wemyss caves, silhouette of camera man outside well cave
A Silhouette of camera man taking footage of the
sandstone wall above the Well cave entrance.

wemyss caves, trench outside well cave
The following three photo's show the result of what has been revealed
in this trench.
wemyss caves, trench outside well cave

wemyss caves, trench outside well cave

wemyss caves, trench outside well cave

wemyss caves, preparing for filming at the fern cave
Fitting a radio mike before filming.
wemyss caves, preparing for filming the fern cave
Once again back to filming of the work in progress on recreating
a piece of jewellery from that time.

wemyss caves, local folk crowd round the fern cave
Interested onlookers with camera's at the ready record the filming as well.

wemyss caves, filming under way fern cave

wemyss caves, the director views the camera shots (wireless)
The Director views the filming as it happens (wireless).

wemyss caves, local folk watch the filming fern cave

wemyss caves, the beach excavation
Looking down on the excavation on the shore.

wemyss caves, bagging material beach excavation
Preparing to bag some of the material dug out of the shore for
further analysis later.

wemyss caves, phil harding discusses progress with his team
Above and below: Phil Harding discusses progress with his
colleagues during a break in work
wemyss caves, phil looks in serious mood here

wemyss caves, enjoying a break on the beach
Above and below: Some of the locals take a rest on this
warm and sunny day.
wemyss caves, time to have a rest

wemyss caves, filming gets underway in jonathan's cave
Jonathan's cave, Filming gets under way here.
I think there were three camera crews working on site.

wemyss caves, people gather round jonathon's cave
Again onlookers crowd round the grills at Jonathan's cave ...

wemyss caves, mick aston in conversation jonathon's cave
to watch the Time Team at work...

wemyss caves, time to relax and take in the view over the forth
Enjoying the view out over the Forth.

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