Saturday, 29 September 2012

First artifacts found at Stainton excavation area.

These Artifacts were the first i found at Stainton beck, and were just down stream from were i have recently excavated Human skull fragments and a tibia shaft, from over 2 metres into the packed gravel beds.
1  Human male Tibia shaft

2  Human skull fragments inner brain case

3 Outer surface.

This Artifact was found in Stainton beck by myself 5 years ago, it has been described by Professionals from Durham University as firstly a possible ice skate! then a water worn piece of medieval cow bone and last but not least a regurgitated piece of bone a cow swallowed. this idea was from the main man Andy Currant of the National history museum.

The Artifact shown above and below had two equal tines when found, one was broken and lost.

The pieces below i believe are utilised animal leg bones ( Digging sticks )  one is a horse tibia, the other some type of bovine radius. These two items were also viewed by people at Durham university on a few occasions, and each time refered too as being split for marrow nothing more.

All these items where found in a very small section of Stainton beck not long after flooding, and just down stream from an exposure of the Stainton gravel beds.
 These images show very similar tools found in the orme copper mines in wales .

More organic looking material taken from mercia mudstone.

I today found more organic looking fossil material  in the Mercia mudstone outcrop at Stainsby beck Thornaby on tees. The image above shows the piece buried into the Mercia mudstone just below the tool.

The image above shows the new find before i removed the Triassic mudstone, it was buried in.

The image above and following images show the cleaned up pieces.

More as i learn more !

The image above shows one of many tubular pieces that resemble caddis fly casings
The images above and below i hope show what i believe could be the yellow coloured fossil larvae?
My good friends Andy Cooper and Roger Curry both spotted parts of these pieces dug from the Triassic Mercia mudstone outcrop at Stainsby beck Thornaby. That hinted at them being some kind of burrow system or tuffa but both spotted what looks to possibly be a section of caddis fly lavia ( of some sort ) casing.