Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fools Gold ?

 Again the Stainton Gravel beds give up yet another mystery , at first I thought pyrite , but the streak and lack of visible crystal form says no ! ?  

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Malachite from the Stainton gravel beds

This piece is Malachite - pure copper ore .

Jasper from the Stainton gravel beds

I've now identified this piece as Jasper , the closest recorded occurrence I can find is in East Yorkshire , to the south of us with the Cleveland hills being a natural barrier from glacial transportation . As I've stated before I believe all of the well preserved mineral pieces ive found in the Stainton gravel beds , were added by man !

Friday, 19 May 2017

Triassic fossils found in Ancient Clevelands Mercia mudstone

I believe I have found the fossils in the Mercia mudstone of Ancient Cleveland North East England .  I have recently collected several ripple and bed samples from the river Leven , and after cleaning Ime sure there are fossils in the samples .

The image above shows what I believe to be the fossil remains of a Triassic life form to the bottom left of the two reduction spots , the image zooms quite well .

   Above close up of what I believe is a fossil in the Mercia mudstone of Cleveland .

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Still No Sign of of the Geological Surveys Boulder Clay !

 The opening excavations at Hemlington , and yet again as in Yarm Thornaby , Coulby Newham the very same red clay as in the beck valleys , with no large stone content !

These excavations are 12 ft deep in places .

I have only ever noticed one constant in the superficial deposits of south west Cleveland , that is a definite relationship in colour with the red and blue Triassic Bed rock it sits above , although the superficial surface deposits are highly calcareous .

I have now viewed more new build sites between Redcar and Yarm with exactly the same findings , No Boulder Clay !

Friday, 17 February 2017

The largest Red deer antler ever excavated in Britain .

This (Cervus Elephus) Red Deer Antler piece is almost certainly the largest  ever discovered in Great Britain . I excavated it as previously stated about 4 years ago at what I strongly believe to be a sacrificial site close to an outcrop of the Cleveland Dyke at Stainsby beck in ancient Cleveland . 

  In fact I believe it is the largest land found red deer antler excavated in the world ? I have repeatedly informed all relevant parties both local and further a field with no response ! ?   It has nine tines and is far thicker than anything found in the British isles and probably matches and is bigger and more robust than the very largest Elk of North America !

This 4000 year old piece found in sediment in Wales , was and is widely reported in news papers and the world wide internet , yet the piece I have is twice the size and more robust , and was excavated amongst Human - Horse - wolf - Bos Longifrons - Dogs - wild boar - Goats - all very close. I.E all within 20 metres  of the outcrop of the Cleveland Dyke !!!  Which is is the very same unexcavated Basalt used at Stone Henge  !
Britains largest prehistoric red deer antler antler excavated in Middlesbrough in ancient Cleveland !

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Worked Whinstone


 I recently excavated this piece of whinstone from the Stainsby deposits along with more animal bones , the piece has clearly been smoothed around its sides , ie you do not find rounded smooth whinstone in this type of deposit !

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Bos Longifrons Skull and Mandible

I've been very busy lately , but managed to visit the Stainsby deposits after recent flooding , I found these from what ime certain is the same Bos longifrons recently washed from the grey clay deposits, and a direct descendent to the huge Aurochs .    I have excavated many of these skulls all in excellent condition !

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Ninth Legion's defeat in ancient Cleveland ?

                        THE NINTHE LEGION 'S FALSE M

Why would the GREAT ninth Legion march past an unconquered part of Britain less than 50 miles to the north of there base at York  ie THE BRIGANTES  ! in the never conquered Tees basin or Cleveland hills !? to fight scots behind a well defended wall ! ?  I REPEAT THIS AREA OF ENGLAND WAS NEVE OCUPIED  BY ROME !!!!!     

There can be no other explanation other than a roman defeat, that stopped them utilising the Eston hills and Tees inlet as a Roman strong hold ! There is no evidence of Rome gaining any type of a hold on the area we now know as Cleveland  , to any military strategist this would point to only one thing a fear by the Romans to attempt to attack the area !

I have found no evidence of actual Roman occupation in the ancient area of Cleveland, there have been a few isolated villas found but these were of so called Romano British origin, again no evidence of any Roman occupation, ie the skills to build these villas would be readily available at the time of the partial occupation of Britain. everything in this area regarding the Romans points towards a Roman defeat or reluctance to tackle the occupiers in direct confrontation .

                                             The boundary as I see it , i.e. the Romans appear 
                                              to have stopped here ! with this view of ancient
                                              Cleveland in front of them !   


The only reference I can find of Roman activity on the banks of the river Tees is at 

Piercebridge Roman Fort - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This  location is to the west of Cleveland , again to me this points to the Romans avoiding the area we now know as Cleveland , also there is no references I can find of Roman writings about the area .

 These three maps seem again to point to an avoidance of what would be a very important strategic location to any army

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 For those unfamiliar with Cleveland, the large conurbation of Teesside with Middlesbrough as its centre now covers a lot of the area . 

The area of what is now ancient Cleveland, is said to have been part of the Roman stated  Brigantes ruled area of northern Britain , yet I've never came across any evidence for this , the closest known  Roman reference is a Brigantes fort at  Stanwick St John close to what is now Darlington so given the total lack of Roman place names, settlements , military posts,  in what is now Cleveland, I believe they never had any influence on the occupiers of this area throughout the Roman occupation of other areas of North east England and as all historians know of the Brigantes was written by Romans , I find it hard to believe an area like Cleveland would have just been overlooked and left with no Roman reference I can find !  so this leads me to believe they did not want a record of the area or what might of occurred there ! 

A rising of the Brigantes has often been posited as the explanation for the disappearance of the Ninth Legion, stationed at York  is it just coincidence that York lays just to the south of the Cleveland hills, and Tees basin, that was never conquered or wrote about by Rome ! ?

. According to the eminent 19th-century German classicist Theodor Mommsen, "under Hadrian there was a terrible catastrophe here, apparently an attack on the fortress of Eboracum [York] and the annihilation of the legion stationed there, the very same Ninth that had fought so unluckily in the Boudican revolt."[11] He suggested that a revolt of the Brigantes soon after 108 was the most likely explanation.
  The above all supports my theory that Rome never conquered the area we now know as Cleveland , and in all probability the area was a Briton strong hold !