Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Romans in Cleveland

The Romans did briefly visit Cleveland but were unable to occupy the area for any length of time, ie there are remnants of Roman occupation but only sporadic, and there is no evidence of the river Tees being used by Roman soldiers or merchants .
The Tees bay and Eston hills would of been an ideal place for a Roman Garrison and more !. The only possible reason for this occupation not taking place is they were not permitted, ie organised resistance ! We are lead to believe the Brigantes were the major power in the area at the time of the Roman occupation, a tribe that was said to have been pro Roman . This to me does not add up, if this was right the tees would have been utilised as would the escarpment of the Eston  hills !

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Ancient Cleveland's newly descovered prehistoric past

I now believe I have discovered an unknown part of Cleveland's prehistoric past, that I believe I can prove as important to historians etc. than any of the other prehistoric sites in northern Europe.  I believe the deep beck valleys that all run north to north west from the North Yorkshire moors, were the result of a massive flood event that came from the Esk valley after the last major cold stage.

I believe the Esk valley was dammed by ice at its north west limit, but the low lying areas were long ice free, and re populated, by both Humans and animals, I believe the ice dam eventually collapsed letting huge amounts of water loose to cause devastation on newly populated areas of the south west of Cleveland.  This would explain the true Geology and remains i have found in the said area .  

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Ancient Amulet or Talisman found in Stainton Beck ?

1 I found this piece covered in a thick concretion, it has been like all of my finds been reported to  http://www.teesarchaeology.com/   who have after a long inspection of the artefact, decided it is either the end of a light bulb - a spark plug - or meat Fork !  who am I to disagree ! ?



The grey blue piece I believe to be Basalt
5 The artifact

6  The shroud I believe to be worked and polished magnetite .
7 These 2 images show 2600 year old gold from Germany, that look very similar to the worked band on this artefact , so do we have worked Magnetite of Scandinavian origin and Celtic gold ?


 10 - If this piece is not ancient I would find it just as fascinating ie why ?

 11 - The components ive removed and cleaned so far.

 12 - In my mind so far we have a bone handle, a very thin gold clasp, and a shaped magnetite piece ?
 13 - What I believe to be shaped magnetite.

 14 - This piece is highly magnetic !


 I have now cleaned most of the concretion residue from the artefact, and if ime honest I no longer believe the piece to be a knife handle , I think ive been looking at it upside down !  I now believe it could have been an Amulet or Talisman , I took the very thin corrugated none ferrous  band to a local jewellers today, and they agree with me that the piece could not be copper bronze or aluminium, and although the piece is too thin to get a reaction with there standard acid test, everything points towards the piece being gold  
I have gone as far as I am willing to go on the cleaning of this artefact !
 1 - All components now free of the thick concretion . 

 2 - Close up of the carved bone where the gold band would fit .


 4 - Both the bulbous and straight piece are ime sure shaped Basalt, it shows no signs of oxidisation, and looks and reacts like no metal ive seen before ? .  

 6 - The Artefact  
  I  Believe this artefact hung from the neck via a chain or lace, ie I think it was believed to protect or give good luck, ie a Talisman or Amulet ? But maybe http://www.teesarchaeology.com/ are correct and its a spark plug etc ?



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Possible ice dam release of flood water from the esk valley.

My earlier post on a possible reason for major flooding of the Cleveland beck valleys - reported in the following link http://historyofabeck.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/storregga-slides-stunami-theory.html 
now look to be unlikely, ive had some great advice on the deposits, and most seem to agree the deposits are most likely the result of fresh water flooding .
I have another theory, could there have been an ice dam at the mouth of the western end of the Esk valley, could this dam have held water in the esk valley while the lower lands of what is now south west Cleveland were repopulated at the end of the last ice age, only for the ice dam to fail and release a devastating flood ?

The lowlands to the north west of the mouth of the of the Esk valley, do look to have a ripple effect in the landscape; gradually getting less evident as it reaches what would have been the large natural drainage channels of the Triassic bedrock beck valleys of south west Cleveland, that would have then drained into the Tees as it was then.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Welcome to my good freind Richard White.

I would like to welcome a good freind and a man who has been a great help to me over the last 4 years at least, Rich has agreed to help me run the blog, thank you mate !   http://thewildlifemuseum.academia.edu/RWhite

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Donation of artefacts to the people of Middlesbrough via Dorman Museum Middlesbrough

I have decided that i am going to offer the huge prehistoric cervus elephus antler,  i excavated from  the Stainsby beck deposits and the preserved shoe sole found near by, as well as other artifacts to The Dorman museum in Middlesbrough. I have reported all of my finds to the museum without response, so it will be interesting to see there response.

I have contacted Dorman museum and offered the items to them, in the hope the people of Cleveland can view them, i will post any response i get from the museum.

Well i have offered the artifacts yet again no response from the Museum. 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Stainsby beck deposits - Stonehenge

I have now been reporting my work in the south west of Cleveland for over six years, my early work was a learning curve, but i now believe i have discovered some of Britain's most important Prehistoric deposits at a Stainsby beck location.
 Possibly older and of equal importance as Stonehenge, and other well known prehistoric sites in other parts of the British isles, and the deposits could even have links to the earliest stone circles.




Wednesday, 30 April 2014

New Prehistoric bones found at the Stainsby beck location

These three bones were found yesterday at the Stainsby beck lake deposits, i am certain the tibia belongs to a huge extinct moose or megeloceros, the bos skull was found close by and only two metres away from important human bone's and artifacts, as well as an identical bos skull i found last year.
 1- Prehistoric Bos skull

 2 - Prehistoric Cervidae Tibia.

 3 - Rear of the Bos skull, note the condition, i only ever wash and dry the fossils i excavate or find in the beck bed.

 4 - Note the shape and muscle attatchments, there are obviouse differences when compared to a Bos tibia.

 5 - The tibia would have measured between 40 and 45 cm, it matches a shire horse tibia i have in length.

Monday, 27 January 2014

South west Clevelands Geology and its magnetic content

 1 - This image shows most of the separate geological layers we now walk on in the south west of Cleveland,from top to bottom we have 1 metre + of stoneless alluvium with no fossil content, next a blue grey sandy clay deposit 100- 150 mm thick . then the Stainton gravel bed 300 mm thick and rich in preserved bone & older fossils & minerals marked with the black outline, then a red brown plastic clay averaging 1m thick.

 2 - This image shows the layer that sits directly above the Stainton gravel beds 100 to 150 mm grey blue layer of sandy organic clay, containing large amounts of what looks to be high grade coal fragments probably Anthracite.

 3 - This image shows three of the lower deposits, bright red clay layer to the top averaging 50 - 60 mm thick, bright blue clay layer again averaging 50 - 60 mm thick.

 4 - The images do not do the red and blue clay brightness justice !

 6 - Top to bottom
  (a) Yellow outline  = Alluvium 1 metre = thick with no visible stone content small coal pieces probably Anthracite. High magnetic content smaller sandy grains extremely magnetic. 
 (b) Black outline  = blue - grey sandy deposit 150 - 160 mm thick containing small coal pieces probably anthracite. High magnetic content.
 (c)  Red outline  = Stainton gravel bed average thickness 300mm, containing preserved organic material, and a high magnetic content.
 (d) Red brown plastic clay with visible stone content, and Jurassic fossils, low magnetic content.
 7 - Black outline  = red brown plastic clay as show in image 6, with visible stone content both rounded and angular, also Jurassic marine fossils. Low magnetic content.
(a) Yellow outline  = Very bright red clay 50-60mm thick containing what looks to be very small pieces of Mercia mudstone ( red ) as well as small rounded and angular stone, Low magnetic content.
  (b)  Red outline = Very bright blue clay 50-60 mm thick no visible stone content, No magnetic content .
(c) Black outline = Red - brown plastic clay - no magnetic content,
 visible stone content.
The bed rock below these deposit is Triassic Mercia mudstone, and all of the deposits i have tested in the south west of Cleveland, have shown no signs of any magnetic content, this strongly points towards the uppermost Holocene superficial deposits being the source of the magnetic content. I have tried to identify possible surrounding areas for the origins of the Anthracite pieces in the Holocene deposits, but have found nothing definite yet.
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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Esk Valley Storregga slides Stunami theory

I now believe the flood event Ive previously said created the Stainton gravel beds and Alluvial sands and clay layers above, could have possibly been caused by one or both of the Holocene Storregga slides. Storegga Slide - Wikipedia,  7 - 8000 ybp, I based my previous dating for the superficial deposits of the area of my work, in the south west area of Cleveland, on Geological records that were adamant that the superficial deposits of this area, had to have been created by the retreat of the last glaciation 12 to 17000 ybp, as stated above i now think there is a good possibility that one or indeed both of the Holocene Storregga slides and the subseqent tidal waves could have created the deposits we now walk upon in south west Cleveland.   HISTORY OF A BECK: The Stainton gravel beds

1- Map showing the location of the Storregga slides.

 2- Deposits left by the Tsunami on the east coast of Scotland very similar to deposits i have excavated in the beck valleys of south west Cleveland.

 My idea is this, i believe the tsunamis caused by the slides could have created enough tidal energy to create a wall of water, sediments and gravels, that was capable of travelling inland as far as Yarm, firstly using the Esk Valley then Leven Valley, and the now deep beck valleys etc.

 3 - Stainton gravel bed deposits the red outline marks the gravel bed, the yellow outline marks the grey organic layer above.

 3 - Close up of the Stainton gravel beds taken by my good friend Andy Cooper a local Geologist, showing organic remains, i have since discovered Human and animal bones in the gravel beds.

 4 - Please note how many separate compact layers of sand and clays the gravel beds are covered by.

 5 - The gravel beds in this image are exposed at Maltby beck shown just above the spade handle, the gravel beds here only a short distance from the Stainton deposits, look to have been cut through by the beck a lot earlier than at Stainton, possibly thousands of years, hence the lack of fossils and sub fossils at Maltby beck.

The lower deposits are as yet a total mystery.

 6 - This image shows the same deposits a quarter of a mile east at Stainton beck, although the brighter clay deposits at this location have yet to be exposed by the beck flow.

 7 - This image shows a close up image of the gravel bed below, then the ever preasent blue grey organic deposit then sandy clay.




This theory would go a long way towards explaining my Geological descoveries in the south west area of Cleveland, but it would be an amazing surge of water needed to travel this far inland to create, the deposits i now excavate & descover both human and animal sub fossils. HISTORY OF A BECK: The Stainton gravel beds  -  HISTORY OF A BECK: Maltby deposits

The link below shows a simple map of the area and the route i believe the huge surge could have followed, the area in blue shows the areas i know to have the same ordered superficial geological layers