Ginger Archaeology



Oakhurst House & Shining Cliff Woods

Located just above the village of Ambergate in the Derbyshire remains the skeletal remains of Oakhurst House. Constructed in 1848 by Francis Hurt; a industrialist who owned the wire works located below. The House and most of the former wireworks have now fallen into disrepair, leaving behind the hollow shell of its former self.

Surrounding the hall we find Shining Cliff Woods, a place riddled with old lead mining shafts that have been reclaimed by the forest. A Truly beautiful surreal place, with an amazing natural pool. GA


Gone But Not Forgotten – 2016 A year in pictures

After a busy but brilliant first term at Durham, I though now is the right time to do a few more blog posts over the festive season.

This year has seen many ups, but also sadly many downs for me personally. Losing a few close people both drifting apart, and also down to our timely existence on this planet has defiantly had a strong impact on me personably. Teaching me that we should embrace life and the memories we make. Such as my title suggests “Gone But Not Forgotten”. This Blog is simply going to look at a few memories I have made over the past 12 months that has defiantly changed me as a person, and also hugely helped with the research at ginger archaeology.


Start of the New Year To Summer! This time saw a few changes for me, My finally A levels, Picking my Uni and also the StopNPIB petition! Ginger Archaeology also gained a server where the website is being hosted.



Then the Summer happened, this included a lot of new material for the site, Exploring the wonders of Derbyshire and also an amazing dig in Wales, that im looking forward to going back to in 2017! Truly was an amazing summer.


Then the biggest change of all was starting my course here at Durham. Something I never thought I would be saying in my life. Durham is truly unlike any other UK or even world university. The best way to describe it is its like being at Hogwarts! I have made so many memories in the last few short months, and made friends for life. All this experience has made me more dedicated than ever before to peruse a career archaeology.


Our lives seem to move at 1000Mph these days, with a ever connected world that often doesn’t always seem right. Its important to look back at the memories we have made and our own personal History’s, for the future is unknown. People do drift away or pass on to another place, however people also drift in and we meet some truly amazing individuals through our lives. Who knows where life will truly go. If this term has taught me anything is that the relationships and memories we build are truly something special. Even though this year has been hard for me personally, the friends and memories I have made over the last few months just shows how wonderful and beautiful life is, and how actually as people we never fade away. Just like history! Who knows what 2017 will bring, however I do hope to find Lincolnshire’s lost Stonehenge… and we might finally see a official ginger archaeology site in Nottingham……

Stay tune for a number of Derbyshire sites I will be publishing as well as a few from county Durham!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year x


Lest We Forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Drastic Fall In Archaeological Specialists

Shocking statistics show that in the past 12 months the number of archaeological specialists advising local authorities in England has decreased by 13.5%. With the total fall since 2006 equating to 33.2%.
Despite in the last 12 months there actually being an increase in the number of planning applications by 4.22%….

The likes of NPIB (Neighbourhood Planning And Infrastructure Bill) will inevitably lead to further more drastic decreases in the consultation of specialists and see an increase in planning applications going unchecked. What a great way to destroy our historic buildings and archaeological sites!

– Outside UK –







(Dakota Access) Desecration Of American Native History

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota has been waging a pitched battle against a proposed oil pipeline that would run near their reservation — arguing that it could endanger both their water supplies and sacred sites the belong to them. This battle has now led to a global campaign to stop the pipe line.

The 1,134 mile underground $3.7 billion dollar Pipeline, is suppose to carry crude Oil from Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to its destination at a terminal in Illinois; Sounds like a great a great excuse to dig a trench and explore American archaeology you may thing! Wrong… 27 graves, 16 stone rings, 19 effigies and other artefacts found in the area have now all been either destroyed or harmed, according to court filings.

On September 3, shortly after the injunction was requested, Dakota Access deployed bulldozers and started digging up the section of the pipeline route that contained possible native burial artefacts — widely viewed as an attempt to circumvent the lawsuit and make the pipeline inevitable. Protesters tried to stop the bulldozers, and there’s video of private security responding with dogs and pepper spray


UPDATE As of 4.00 AM this morning (10/09/16), word has come in that an attempt to block the proceedings has again failed.

Flip this back to the UK, If NPIB resurfaces its ugly head, who knows if we could end up being in this position?

Once again it seems the mass desecration and destruction of a vast number of Native American historical, cultural and sacred sites continues. A trend that just keeps going on and on, this time all in the name of profits and oil… GA

Arbor Low

Just a quick post as im getting bits ready for Uni!

Arbor Low is an extremely impressive henge monument in Derbyshire, known as the “Stonehenge of the North” it is situated in farm land near Bakewell. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon name “Eorthburg Hlaw”, which simply means “earthwork hill”.

The overall scale of the monument is overwhelming, along with the impressive bronze age burial mount located on the henge. The walk up to the monument also reveals some very interesting earth workings and other burial mounts located in the North West of the site. Along with a causeway that ventures of down the side of the hill in the North East. GA

An Actual Blog Post 3

This is another “Actual Blog Post” to talk about what’s been going on for the last few weeks!

First off I am continuing the Stop NPIB campaigning, This has involved a few admin bits and messaging my local councillor.  I am waiting for more information to come through from the government before I make the next move and push the campaign again as I feel there s no point at the moment doing another big push on a subject that we still know very little about. The campaign has already done a tremendous amount of work to get party’s talking about the issues and I hope this will continue, and just shows how a petition can have such a impact.

I had a short Interview for Archaeology Mag about Stop NPIB linked to activation in archaeology, Big thanks to Rob Lennox for contacting me, had a great deal of fun finding signal to reply back on top of the Hill fort.

Three Weeks ago I was excavating with Oxford University on a fascinating Hill fort “Moel-y-Gaer” Bodfari in North Wales, it being lowest of the Clwydian hill forts at c 200m, I managed to work on a cross section of a inner defensive boundary mount and a feature that is now looking like a structure! Defiantly had the best views I’ve had on a site before.

The Fieldwork started in 2011 and is ongoing it also featured in the November/December 2015 edition of Archaeology magazine. If your interested in volunteering on the site then keep an eye out on here.

Recent life events have also led me to now commute regularly to Derbyshire to see my other Half, Allowing me to extend my interest on Industrial Mining and heritage sites which literately litter the Wirksworth hills along with this beautiful Iron Age site below.

Website has seen a major update to its code and also a small aesthetic change however not much information has yet been transferred across, this should hopefully start in the coming weeks with my site reports being put onto a public data base that will assessable by all and then the member area will be added allowing people to upload there own sites.

Matlock has some good cake… GA



Wirksworth Lost Tunnels

Underneath Wirksworth; Derbyshire, is a lost Subterranean network of Tunnels built to bring minerals from quarries down to the mainline station.


Dale Quarry Tunnel

Rway%20010The largest of the tunnels was opened from Dale Quarry, situated 1.1 km west of the station yard. Stone was initially conveyed by horse and cart, but plans for a tramway proved unpopular as it would have passed through the town, however they appear to have been granted. Instead A standard gauge tunnel was built under the town, linking the quarry and the station yard and was opened on 17 November 1877.

The tunnel took only 18 months to complete and was opened in 1877, two years later however the quarry was forced into liquidation as a result of the cost of the tunnel.

The quarry continued in use under a new owner but eventually closing down in the early 1920s. Later it was reopened and worked until 1968. The tunnel was still in use at that time, but the stone was carried to the station yard on lorries, rather than the original trains.


Baileycroft Quarry Tunnel


Baileycroft Quarry is first mentioned in 1871, when land was leased with permission to extract 8400 tons of limestone; The start of a major change in the local area where industry shifted from Lead mining to Limestone Quarrying.

In 1877 an agreement was made to make a tramway tunnel from the quarry to the railway near the Baptist Cemetery. Two short tunnels connected by a cutting was constructed. These ran a 2 foot narrow-gauge track.

The quarry was closed in 1906, and the site was being used as a refuse tip in 1922. It is now the site of Harrison Drive, constructed in an effort to improve traffic flow through the town. Part of the quarry face was removed and the quarry filled in with dust from Dale Quarry including most of the tunnel.

The Maps Bellow Show the extent of the Tunnels, Dale being in Red and Baileycroft in Blue. GA



Images From.

Left Map is from Google Earth and the Right is a 1870-1906 Map



Magic Fire Stick!

Stanton Moor, Derbyshire. Is situated in a fine position overlooking both the Derwent and Wye valleys. This might explain the large number of Bronze Age activity seen in the localised area. However today what im looking at is the misrepresentation of archaeological sites through poorly done and bazar art work that is situated around the monuments seen here…


The first contender is found at the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. Here we find this very intriguing image of Bronze Age Man possessing the immense godly power to wield the fire staff…





Second contender on this Moor is the extremely badly sketched stone circle. However most intriguing of all; if we look past the amazing fashion sense of Bronze Age Primark Man, Is the sacrifice of water to the stone circle! Just missing Aliens… GA

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