Saturday, 21 April 2012

Fossil rich slab found on Boltonmoss hill

This fossil rich slab i strongly believe like 99% of the rock found on the surface around this area came from the Stainton gravel beds. It looks to be Carboniferous limestone.

Fossil burnt wood excavated from the Stainton grav...

Fossill slabs

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Auroch skulls ?

The first five images show what are said to be Auroch skulls by the paleo direct site, the next shows a modern cow skull.

The remaining images show skull pieces found by myself and my daughter that i believe have been washed from the Stainton gravel beds in the south west area of Cleveland North east England.


Sunday, 15 April 2012

Stainton becks deflection due to the Cleveland Dyke.

This image shows how the water way we now know as Stainton beck was deflected at some earlier point in time, due to the natural dam that is the Cleveland Dyke.
The beck valley can be seen from right to left in the image by following the tree line, and just before the houses that can be seen above the tree tops to the left, is where the water way has hit the barrier that is the Dyke.
 And was then deflected to the north west to its confluence with Stainsby beck were once united managed to breech the dyke about a quarter of a mile further north.

Further in to dig one at Stainton beck

This image shows the deposits shown in earlier posts, the deposit appears  alluvial in origin and contains Jurassic fossils in very good condition.
I am now well into this deposit and i am starting to notice it seems more uniformed the deeper i get ie seperated red and blue layers

These are a selection of the isolated rocks found today.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Stainton gravel beds, and clay deposits.

The image below i believe shows the same red clay that covers all the areas in the south west Cleveland area and sits directly below the Stainton gravel beds, the first image was taken at Fanny Bells Gill just before its confluence with the river Leven

This image shows what i believe to be a very good exposure of Triassic Mercia mudstone about a mile down river.

This exposure just up river from the image above, is i believe also Mercia mudstone, and is also the site of an old mill that was built upon the Triassic bedrock.

A good image of the bedrock.

This image i think shows Mercia mudstone that has been exposed earlier in time and weathered.

The last image shows the whole natural weir.
 I believe that because the surrounding banks are so steep that what has and is now to be seen, could easily be mistaken for glacial till, but is infact a mixture of individual fluvial layers that have eroded over time with the help of the more modern Leven flow.
More can be viewed regarding tthe Stainton gravel beds by clicking the link below