Application for Grant Aid

Submitted on: 31 Jan 2013

Expedition details (GPF2013a-003)

Expedition Name (& Club): Monaco Research Exp
Destination country: Monaco
Lat: 0.0000 Long: 0.0000 Elevation: 0 m
MEF funding: none

Leader: Mr Konstantinos Trimmis
Total cavers: 9
Cavers ≤25 yrs old: 0
Cavers 25-35 yrs old: 0
UK/nonUK cavers: 6/3
Eligible for grant aid: 0
Alex Pitcher nominations: 0
Expedition dates: 25th Sep 2013 - 4th Oct 2013
Duration (days): 9
Man-days in field: 64 Man-days travelling: 0
Brief Expedition objectives:

List a short summary of the main Expedition objectives.

Due to the fact that the famous Grote del Observatoire at Monaco was studied at the early 20's, it seems to be of great importantance the re-thinking of this interesting Paleolithic cave site. The purpose of this project is to re-explore, survey, film and re-investigate the archaeological evidences.
How can the GPF support your Expedition?:

Please explain the aspects of the trip which make it eligible for Ghar Parau funding.

Detailed description of objectives:

Give a more detailed account of the purpose of the trip, including any particular known caves you intend to visit, specific areas where you will explore for new cave, and scientific experiments you will attempt.

Main goals of the project are: a) the 3D photographic documentation of the cave, b) the new survey, c) the sedimentological and micromorfological sampling of the old trenches, d)the re-studying on the Paleolithic artifacts, e) the geological and biological study of the cave and finally f) the public engagement with the idea of cave protection and natural heritage exploitation via Drama techniques.
Previous work in this area:

Give details of any previous work in this area by your own and other teams. Include references to reports and articles published on the area, and the names of any local cavers or academics with whom you have discussed the Expedition.

The Leader of this project visited the cave during the summer of 2012. Cave had been studied for last time at the decade of 20s.

Expedition Finances


Travel plans:
700 pounds for plane tickets.
100 pounds for train tickets

# from UK: 0 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from UK: £0

# from outside UK: 0 Travel costs breakdown (for personnel leaving from the UK):
Total costs from outside UK: £0

Travel total: £800 Travel p.p. from UK: £0
Travel p.p. from outside UK: £0


Total: £700 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £78 700 pounds for the teams alimentation.


Total: £0 Comments:
Subsistence p.p.: £0
Exped Total: £1,500 Exped cost p.p. travelling from UK: £0
Exped cost p.p. travelling from outside UK: £0
Mean Exped cost per person: £167

Other Funding

Total: £0 Comments:
Total shortfall: £1,500 Mean shortfall per person: £167

Referees and Report

Please give the names, addresses and phone numbers of two suitably qualified people whom the Committee can contact. You should ensure that they are aware of the objectives of your trip, and that you have their permission for the Committee to contact them.

Referee 1: Prof Allasdair Whitley
Affiliation: Univeristy of Cardiff


Permission obtained?: No
Referee 2: Kostas Kotsakis
Affiliation: University of Thessaloniki

Reason: 0

Permission obtained?: No

Expedition report author: Konstantinos Trimmis