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


Rome’s Gone! Lights Out

Going back to a topic I’ve blogged about before seen here

what happened after the Romans “left” did Britain just stop as we entered the dark ages as were taught? where king author pranced around Britain; convenatly visiting every modern day tourist attraction in the UK, and saved the day.

Or do we find that the impact was a lot less severe and actually links in with the conquest less 400 years earlier, were we saw a number of British tribes welcome and work with the Roman invaders, being “Romanised”  both before, during and after the conquest.

The ending of Roman Britain is traditionally ascribed to AD 410 – when, Rome withdrew her under the command of the Constantine III, due to the slowly colapsion empire and the eventual sacking of the “eternal city” Rome by the Goths.

The illusive date of 410 is provided by the text of an imperial edict of Honorius recorded by the late 5th century Greek writer Zosimus, which orders a number of places to defend themselves. One of these is ‘Brettia’, generally taken to be Britain, but as the other places in the list are towns in Italy, it seems much more likely that the name is a textual error which should be emended to Bruttium, a town in southern Italy. So the famous text telling “Britain to defend itself” might actually be false.

Never the less life still went on after the Romans withdrew from Britain, with life for many carrying on as norm, The Major issue was the lack of imported coinage that lead to a economic collapse around the 5 – 6th AD aka “The Dark Ages”.

However I feel the Dark ages weren’t so bleak, For the whole concept of Rome Pulls out means a complete stop to the roman way of life and virtues I feel is wrong. Being a part of the empire in a way is like some sort of business franchise, you imprint your ideas and ideals on the; in this case, local populous who then are Romanised and so were still Romanised heading into the 5 and even 6 century.

The Dark ages link to the whole idea that nothing much was recoded down except a lot of bleak and gloomy issues, however as stated above maybe it wasn’t so “Dark” maybe more mellow! Ideas? GA




Time Is Fleeting!

Finding it rather difficult to do this Blog and work on my projects whilst I’ve got my final A levels going on, hence the cut down in content!

But anyway with that I’ve made some progress with the Ginger Archaeology App and the website which im working on merging. Along with some progress on the Open Heritage Project.

Thanks for all your support so far! GA

Cyfannedd Slate Mine

I am quite a keen Urban Explorer and this goes hand in hand with mining and quarry industrial heritage a very small neich part of history that I enjoy.

This is the second time I’ve visited the site and as of yet, i have not managed to explore the full extent of the adit inside; Mainly due to the vast amount of water that spills out of it.



Cyfanned Fawr Slate Works are associated with Cyfanned Fawr Lead and Copper Mine which for what i can tell are the same works, The adit was driven in 1842 alongside many of the other mines in the local facility, the mine was working on a slate vein when operations ceased around the pre-1887, this might have been down to a depelted source of material or the fact that the united kingdom was demanding more and more slate for roofs, which saw this industry expload across wales and competitors like Golwen Slate Mine opened in 1860’s might have been one of the reasons why Cyfanned Fawr was ceased.

The resources appear to have been brought out of the Mine via a single track that led onto the spoil heap near the entrance of the Adit, and a vehicle track that runs down the side of the heap would of been the way that the materials would of been brought down.

However in a older map found online at ( There appears to be a triangular shaped track and sidings near the main adit entrance, as well as a possible track running from here to the water wheel and roofless crusher house would make sense as it currently the only way to get the resources down to the Crusher house would of been trucks.



There is some nice reminants of the site including buildings and industrial works – shafts (That i havent discovered yet but looking on maps it apears that there are 3 shafts, 2 verticle and 1 sloped hidden in the woods.), masonry ore slides, a wheelpit, a roofless crusher house, settling pits, Spoil Heap, Main Adit entrance, and a number of other unidentifiable buildings (Probably offices and storage)


Pictures – Click on the image for a description.




Refrances (One of my Favorate Sites)

Its intressting to note however that on the Ordnance Survey County Series maps dated 1889(Merionethshire XXXVI,15) the site is described as a disused slate works (NPRN 413821).


Egyptian Pyramid Funerary Boat

Czech archaeologists have uncovered an preserved boat dates back to 2550 B.C near the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. Used for the funeral procession of a prominent wealthy individual.

The wooden boat dating back 4,500-year-old uncovered near one of the pyramids’ Mastaba.

To get this treatment the individual must of had a extraordinary social position of the owner of the tomb.

What’s even more amazing are the preserved wooden pegs and its ropes and plants used to bind the boat together.

It remains unclear who the boat and the tomb it was parked near belong to, although Barta says a bowl with the name “King Huni from the Third Dynasty” has been found inside the tomb.

Link here


Forgotten Past Project – location Update 1

In my first update I am going to discuss the location of this project.

It is Based in North Lincolnshire, looking at a area between Skegness and Alford; as seen in my first image. This is currently the general area of observation and investigation and will probably change whilst I delve deeper into my investigation.

My second images focuses on currently 3 very important sites that I have identified and believe; at this point anyway. Will form the main areas of the publication.


So what is it?

Forgotten Past Project will focus on Prehistoric to Iron age occupation.

Being a local I have researched the area for the past 5 years and now believe that it hold very important significance to Lincolnshire. Not much has been done in the way of research and publication on the sites I have identified; With some none at all.


This is a very quick update and I hope to do a more thorough one on Friday/Monday.  If you would like to help/contribute in anyway please feel free to email me, Would be great if anyone had any information on the area as well! GA


Another 10 Thousand Years

A Mammoth carcass has been excavated in sciberia that clearly exhibits injures caused by human weapons. This now shows that human activity was present in the central Siberian Arctic by around 45,000 years ago. Not the previously though 35,000 years ago. Again showing our ever increasing history as there is now another 10,000 years of unknown history and I expect it will keep rolling back. GA


Quest For Knowledge Or The Quest For Others?

Archaeology is about the study of the past through physical remains. However what do we do with this knowledge? Do we keep it to ourselves?, get a degree in a specific field like Egyptology? or do we share it with the community’s who are part of the long journey that we are uncovering?

We see Towns and villages dotted around South America whose ancestors were part of the great civilizations that once stood there. Many of them have little knowledge about where the techniques, beliefs and culture they practice today originate from.

This is especially true in Mayan bloodlines/community’s who know little of the civilization that their ancestors were apart off.

This is why my personal feelings are that knowledge should be shared to better understand the past and teach others about it. Not to keep it to oneself or write a few books. but do open lectures, talk to community’s and get them involved. Create a more accessible and open way to pass knowledge and current understanding through.

Thoughts? GA

Britain’s Pompeii – Must Farm


Excavations at Must Farm; Whittlesey, by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit have unveiled there amazing findings.

As seen in the feature image above the roundhouse has much of its original timbers and even some remains of Wattle Panelling. (Thank you Mud!!) I cant really do this find justice so see the link bellow for a insightful overview .

Would of loved to have dug this one! GA


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