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The Front Cavern



The Front Cavern was excavated with a jackhammer and shovel during 2003 and was the largest and most interesting of all the excavations. It was approximately 1,400 square feet in area. The layout of the tunnels and crypts was virtually identical to the Celtic Burial Mound at Newgrange, Ireland. Sir Francis spent his youth in York, England which is not far from Newgrange and perhaps visited that location often. As opposed to human remains, the individual crypts were filled with the stones taken from each town or port that Drake visited en-route to Nova Albion.


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Layout of Celtic Burial Mound at Newgrange, Ireland


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View of Corridor Matching Newgrange Layout Containing the Crypts


 


Rainbows of Colored Clay

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Several sections of the Front Cavern contained incredible walls made of colored clays. This cavern also yielded vast amounts of treasure, including a huge gemstone decorated with an image of a Mayan Warrior. Back to top


Metallic-Looking Wall Section


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................................................ Image of the Mayan Warrior Is to the Right of the Jackhammer

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Close-up of Mayan Warrior Image on 270 lb. Stone.......................................................................


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Mayan Temple Stone Relief of Warrior


 


Mosaic Images in the Cavern Walls

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Excavation of the Front Cavern revealed mosaic images of a Face (left) and a Bird (below).


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The Front Yard Covered by Plastic Sheeting to Save the Cavern from Collapsing in the Rain


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A Flooded Front Cavern Before the Collapse

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The Complete Collapse


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The Crypts after the collapse (above) and a view of the entire Front Yard (below)


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Fortunately, all the stones were saved!