Thrupe Lite was originally dedicated to the cave dig at Thrupe Swallet (the "original" 1930s dig site) and Thrupe Lane Swallet, on the Mendip Hills north west of Wells, in Somerset, UK. Unfortunately, neither site yielded its secrets to the diggers. ATLAS members now are now digging in Balch & Fernhill caves, in Fairy Cave Quarry and, indeed, elsewhere.
Thrupe Lite has the sounds and sights of a cave dig, but the discomfort and effort involved in cave digging has been carefully processed out in our laboratories. This makes it a healthier and much more enjoyable experience than cave digging.
Thrupe Lite gives you the authentic feel of cave digging without the need to go underground. You can see and hear the diggers from the comfort of your chair. Above all, it is clean. After viewing Thrupe Lite, there is no need to hose down your clothes to wash out the mud.
If you have stumbled into this hole as a
non-caver, the best advice might be to back out now before
it's too late. However, if you really
must continue, then you may want something by
way of introduction.
"In Stygian cave forlorn,
'Mongst horrid shapes and shrieks and sights unholy,
Find out some uncouth cell
Where brooding darkness spreads his jealous wings
And the night raven sings;
There under ebon shades and low-brow'd rocks
You lie, while water slowly soaks into your socks."
80% John Milton (L'Allegro ca. 1630), 20% Tony Audsley (2003)
If you want even more culture read . . .
Real Timbering !
(Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland)
THRUPELITE is a spin-off from the original THRUPE website, which was started in 1999 to chronicle the digging at Thrupe Swallet. Since that time, a 'digging log' has been published on a more or less weekly basis. I think that ten years is enough and that it is now time to let someone else take the log on.
The ThrupeLite website will continue, with occasional alterations and additions. The digging log updates have been taken on by Paul Stillman (good man) and may now be found at:-
NOTE: Alas, Paul has also given up his log, so that looks like the end of the tale for now.