from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, the earthy deposit on the floor of a cave, including traces and remains of animals which have made it a shelter or a home. The use of such natural retreats by primitive man has led to numerous discoveries of human remains in these deposits.
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A flight of rustic steps led down to the nearly level floor of red cave-earth.
Tons of travertine or stalagmite, the so-called alabaster, have been quarried from some of the deposits, while a large number of flint nodules has been dug out of the cave-earth where they fell from the disintegrating limestone.