The Maverick Grotto

The Maverick Grotto

Celebrating 20 years as a Texas caving organization in 2006!  The Maverick Grotto is the local caving club of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Texas. We are dedicated to promoting safe, fun, and environmentally conscious caving.  Our grotto is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society.

The Maverick Grotto is inactive effective November 2009!

Hill's Gate Cave, Texas

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Small collection of bones brought out for study

The photo above shows a small collection of bones brought out of the pit for study.  The two human jaws were studied and believed to be 2000-6000 years old.

Laurie Moseley, Bryan Jamison and Art Tawater lay out the grid

Once the bones were discovered, cavers contacted the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  Laurie Moseley (in photo on right) became the resident Anthropologist.  Bryan Jameson takes notes while Art Tawater looks on.

establishing a reference point

Laurie visited the site, returning the next cave trip with Bryan Jameson (helping establish a reference point) and Art Tawater in the foreground and a whole crew of screeners.  Caver Barry Williams looks on.

Establishing grids

Laurie and Bryan begin their part of the project by doing their version of a survey and marking the site off in grids.

A whole new meaning to movers and shakers

What happened next gave a whole new meaning to movers and shakers.  The area of interest for the cavers was away from the bone deposit.

Screening all the dirt removed from the cave to date

The Archeological volunteers screened all the dirt that had been removed from the cave to date.  They also screen as the cavers are digging it out.

Sharon Mastbrook tries her had at screening

Even some of the cavers get into the act.  Sharon Mastbrook trying her hand at screening.

Art Tawater and associate

Art Tawater and associate explain what they are doing and how they do it.

 Tailings were shaken and artifacts recovered

Eventually the first tailing piles are shaken, sorted and the artifacts collected.

A dilligent day's work

The result of a very diligent days work.  Various flint pieces and a few animal bones were removed from the tailings.  It appeared the floor of the sinkhole had seen some small human habitation.

RD Milhollin rock hauling

Eventually everything got back in order and caught and the dig resumed.  RD Milhollin removing rock from the bottom of the cave.

John Yates

Even the Archeology crew got involved in the cave dig.  John Yates preparing to go in the hole after a shift of shaking and screening.

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This page last updated September 15, 2012