My work to date regarding the Stainton gravel beds
( Not related to the later Stainsby deposits ! )
I first discovered the gravel beds at Stainton beck, about a half a mile south west of Stainton quarry, an old whinstone (Basaltic Andesite) mine in Stainton village,( Hence the Stainton gravel bed title) on the outskirts of Middlesbrough in North east England.
After finding several well preserved fossils, and mineralised bones some carved, i decided to excavate into the beck banks. After digging only about a foot through beck deposits, and fallen upper deposits, i found a hard packed gravel section. I first thought this to be something created by the beck in earlier times, but the gravel deposit was hard packed, and i noticed it was of an equal depth, and very dry.
The image below shows a section of gravel bed excavated at Marton west beck, it was that hard packed i had to use a hammer and thin chisel, to get into it.
The two images above, show how compact and level the Stainton gravel beds are, everywhere i have excavated in the southwest area of Cleveland, Ive found the same flat hard packed gravel deposit.
I then started to excavate bone fragments, and well preserved fossils and minerals, i have now excavated bone from as deep as three meters into the tightly packed gravel beds, including a Human tibia shaft over 2 metres into my main excavation at Stainton along with Human skull fragments.
Above the human tibia shaft, and below the excavation.
The image above is an excavation close to my main excavation at Stainton beck, the gravel bed is not as thick here.
Above an unknown bone excavated from the packed gravel bed at Marton west beck. about 2.5 miles north of my main excavation at Stainton beck.
Above my third excavation at Maltby beck, about 3 quarter of a mile west of my main excavation at Stainton beck, the individual alluvial layers can be clearly seen above the packed gravel bed,
The image above shows a bone shaft protruding from the gravel bed and below it can be seen to the bottom of the ruler, note how far into the excavation i first uncovered it !
Above the excavation over a metre into the packed gravel bed.
Above the end of the excavation at Maltby beck showing the separate alluvial layer then the gravel bed below.
The simple diagram above shows the separate layers, that lay below and above the Stainton gravel beds, in the south west area of Cleveland North East England. More detailed reports on my excavations can be viewed in earlier posts.
Below is a video taken by Roger Curry at the Stainton beck location it shows a good section of my main excavation.
I have visited the Stainton gravel bed excavations with Archaeologists and Geologists, including my good friend Andy Cooper from tvriggs and have been advised that the Stainton gravel beds must date to at least 12. 000 ybp.
Yet this link shows recent work by the University of Sheffield that if correct implies that the climate in this area at the time could not have sustained large animals and Humans.
As yet Ive had no interest from Middlesbrough town hall, even though they are and i quote, monitoring my work via Tees Archaeology.
I have recently been informed by Peter Row that Middlesbrough council are in no way monitoring my work via there organisation, as they have withdrawn funding to Tees Archaeology.
Rib pieces excavated from deep into the packed deposits at my main excavation at Stainton.
Images of the gravel beds at Marton west beck i excavated today, this is the hardest bed ive encountered !!!
Gravel bed located again at Stainton beck 13, 04, 13