Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Yorks magnetic curb stones

On a recent visit to York i found that the curb stones appear to be Whin stone, and ide bet they originate from one of the Cleveland Dyke quarries between Stainton and Cliff rigg.  The image shows a rare earth magnet stuck to a curb stone not far from the Shambles,in York city centre.

The second image is the boothem area of york the curb stones tested here were also magnetic.

Report on visit to teesdale to test the magnetic properties of both the Cleveland Dyke and Great Whinn Sill

The two links above show video's taken boy Roger Curry a good friend who is helping me into both the Magnetic qualities of the Cleveland Dyke and the Stainton newly discovered Gravel beds. The video's are not great but the conditions where very bad at one point we had a visit from a Tornado!

They basically show me and Roger testing both the Cleveland Dyke and the Great Whinn sill at Coldberry (Cleveland Dyke outcrop) and Great Whinn Sill at High force, Teesdale, we tested both with rare earth magnets and lesser powered magnets, our conclusion was this - The outcrop of Cleveland Dyke at Coldberry although magnetic was in no way as magnetic as the Stainton quarry whin stone ( Basaltic andesite)  - The Great whinn sill  at High force again although magnetic showed a far lower magnetic attraction than that of the Whin stone from the Stainton quarry samples tested over the last year.

I have now tested a fifty mile stretch of the Cleveland Dyke from Teesdale to the east coast and have found in all cases that the Stainton Quarry Whinnstone is by far the most magnetic. 

                             For more info and images regarding my research into magnetic minerals please click the link below
                                              The magnetic properties of the Cleveland dyke in t...           


Magnetic sea wall at Staithes

I visited Staithes today on a day out with the kids and was surprised to find out from a local lad that the sea defence was made up of Larvikite from Norway.  I  was impelled to test its magnetic properties and found it to have equal attraction as the Stainton basaltic andesite, i believe the ingredient that links these two different rocks along with others is either Titan augite or Titonomagnatite.

Mesolithic human tibia shaft excavated from the Stainton gravel beds



The tibia shaft shown in images 1 and 2 above i excavated from over two metres into the packed  Stainton gravel beds.
This tibia shaft has today 13,9,12 been identified as an ancient human tibia shaft by anthropologists from a local university.

The tibia's below belonged to a long dead Viking's from the yorvik excavations at york




The Dorman museum in Middlesbrough now the only place i know of that could help, since Middlesbrough council removed all funding to Tees Archaeology, have been contacted and informed both of my discoveries ie the magnetic anomalies of the Stainton Quarry  basaltic andesite, and the Stainton gravel beds and there rich fossil content, dated by Geologists who have visited as probably 12 - 16000ybp as yet ive had no response.
HISTORY OF A BECK: The Stainton gravel beds                                                                                                                                                                             Locations of excavations of the Stainton gravel beds - Google Maps