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College Spelunking Trip Ends in 60-Hour Mishap

Not a 'no man left behind' situation

(Newser) - An Indiana University freshman is counting his lucky stars that what the Herald-Times reports was his third-ever cave descent wasn't his last. Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar, 19, was on a beginner's spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave on Sunday when he ended up getting left behind by the... More »

Cave Clues Point to Parched Mideast for 10K Years

Iranian stalagmites indicate rain isn't coming anytime soon

(Newser) - For anyone holding hope that the dry conditions in the Middle East are but a temporary drought, two cave stalagmites taken from Iran tell a long history of the region's precipitation and give a grim prognosis: not much rain for the next 10,000 years. Thanks to their chemical... More »

Woman Unwittingly Wears Engagement Ring for a Year

'It was literally under her nose'

(Newser) - An Australian man may have outdone pretty much everyone when it comes to perfecting the marriage proposal. Using only first names, the man named Terry tells HuffPost the story of how he gave his girlfriend Anna a necklace on their one-year dating anniversary. Using Huon pine, a wood native to... More »

Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered, but Someone Got There First

Looters got there 70 years before researchers

(Newser) - Israeli researchers have discovered what they believe is the first new Dead Sea Scrolls cave uncovered in more than 60 years—but looters got there long before them. The site at the Qumran cliffs, an Israeli-controlled site in the West Bank, has yielded artifacts including pieces of pottery, broken scroll... More »

'Mount Everest of Cave Diving' Claims More Lives

2 divers found dead in Eagle's Nest caves on Monday

(Newser) - A sign posted at the entrance to a dangerous underwater cave system in Florida reads, "Stop: Prevent Your Death!" next to an image of the grim reaper, reports NDTV . It didn't stop Patrick Peacock, 53, and Chris Rittenmeyer, 38, whose bodies were recovered from the Eagle's... More »

Divers Risk Lives to Find the World's Deepest Cave

Team hopes to prove Czech cave bests current record holder in Italy

(Newser) - Polish divers are putting their lives on the line to prove an underwater cave in the Czech Republic is the deepest in the world—hundreds of feet lower than depths survivable by humans, National Geographic reports. Krzysztof Starnawski, leader of the dive team, has been exploring the Hranická Propast cave... More »

Hiker Dead in 'Avalanche' Ice Cave Collapse

5 injured on Washington's Big Four Mountain, including minors

(Newser) - One person is dead and five are injured after ice caves on Washington state's Big Four Mountain collapsed yesterday for the second day in a row. A hiker's body has yet to be recovered from the caves—formed in snow mounds that end up sliding down to the... More »

Scientists Explore Secret Cave to Unlock Climate Mystery

Experts begin digging at Persistence Cave in South Dakota

(Newser) - Scientists have found remains of three animals at the mouth of an unexplored cave in South Dakota's Black Hills, along with other bones dating back almost 11,000 years, and are now on a mission to unearth the cave's opening, the AP reports. What they hope to find:... More »

Why Ancient People Cut Flesh Off the Dead

Researchers find telling cut marks on prehistoric bones

(Newser) - Farmers living in Italy thousands of years ago had a special relationship with their dead that involved "defleshing" the bones and leaving them in a murky cave, according to a recent study . Researchers gleaned this by looking at bones from 22 Neolithic humans discovered in Scaloria Cave on Italy'... More »

Spelunkers' Big Find: Ancient Treasure

The coins and jewels date back 2,300 years

(Newser) - Last month it was amateur scuba divers stumbling upon a treasure trove of submerged coins in Israel. Now three amateur spelunkers from the Israeli Caving Club have alerted authorities to a stash of ancient coins and jewels that appear to date back 2,300 years, to the time of Alexander... More »

Guy Saved From Cave Has 728 People to Thank

After 12 days, he escapes Germany's deepest cave

(Newser) - After one of the most challenging cave rescues ever to take place, an injured German man has been brought out of the country's deepest cave alive. Johann Westhauser, a 52-year-old physicist and cave researcher, was badly hurt in a rock fall almost 4,000 feet below the surface, and... More »

Guy in Germany's Deepest Cave May Be Stuck for Days

200 rescuers navigating rock labyrinth

(Newser) - Help has arrived for a man trapped in a place that would give anybody with claustrophobia nightmares: More than 3,000 feet below the surface in a cave rescuers say is one of the most difficult in Europe. The 52-year-old cave researcher was injured in a rock fall in the... More »

Father, Son Drown in Dangerous Cave Dive

They were testing out new equipment given as a Christmas gift

(Newser) - A father and son are dead after attempting an advanced Florida cave dive using the brand new equipment the teen had received as a Christmas present, Fox News reports. Darrin Spivey and his son, Dillon Sanchez, 15, were last seen alive while suiting up for a dive down to Eagle... More »

Most Ancient Cave Artists Were Probably Women

Researcher studies stenciled hands, thinks they're female

(Newser) - A Penn State archeologist has floated an intriguing theory about ancient cave art: He thinks most of the artists were women. If true, it would upend long-held notions about cave paintings given that they often depict hunts and animals, and have been traditionally ascribed to ancient men, reports National Geographic... More »

Meet the Guy Who Collects Caves

John Ackerman pays tens of thousands per underground acre

(Newser) - As a kid, John Ackerman wandered tunnels beneath St. Paul, Minnesota, that used to belong to a sand mine; his passion for caves never left him. Now, he's Minnesota's biggest cave collector, and perhaps America's, too, the New York Times reports in a profile. When he's... More »

Humanity's Survival Lies in ... Kansas Caves?

Caverns can host 1K RVs

(Newser) - There are only 1,000 parking spaces available, so you may want to get in on this quick: A California developer is turning a vast area of underground caverns into a post-apocalyptic shelter. The Atchison, Kansas, caves cover 45 acres and have room for 1,000 RVs; customers will be... More »

'Uncountable' Syrians Seek Refuge in Roman Caves

Villagers hide from government forces underground

(Newser) - Terrified of attacks by government forces, an untold number of Syrian villagers have found an odd refuge: Roman caves. These squatters in Syria's northwest typically stock their caves with bedrolls, blankets, and kerosene lamps; one villager even put in a wood-burning box stove. But he says his children are... More »

Europe's Oldest Cave Art: Female Genitalia

Vulva-like carving adorns hunter-gatherer cave

(Newser) - Hunter-gatherers who lived in Europe a long time ago apparently liked carving female genitalia into the ceiling, LiveScience reports. A new discovery in France reveals that Europe's most venerable rock art—about 37,000 years old—depicted something that looks like vulva. "It's quotidian art, it's... More »

In Armenian Cave, Ancient Evidence of Winemaking

Turns out we loved our wine at least 6,100 years ago

(Newser) - Uncork a bottle of Pinot Noir and toast the wonders of archaeology: Scientists have reportedly discovered a 6,100-year-old winemaking operation—the oldest ever. Found in an Armenian cave where the oldest-known leather shoe was recently discovered, the "fairly large-scale operation" consists of a fermentation vat, a press, storage... More »

Caver Who Died Stayed in 'Good Spirits'

Nutty Putty crevice was the site of successful rescues in 2004

(Newser) - The spelunker who died after being stuck upside-down in a Utah cave for 28 hours became wedged in exactly the same spot where two others had gotten stuck in recent years. In those cases, both in 2004, rescuers saved the trapped explorers. "Caving isn't generally considered to be a... More »

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