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




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


Glorified Grave Robbing – Channel 5 Battlefield Recovery

Channel 5 are planning this weekend, 9th January. To air a show that was previously named “Nazi War Diggers”, which drew so much criticism when National Geographic planned to broadcast it in May 2014 that it was scrapped by the broadcaster.

However last year channel 5 brought the rights to the show which is renamed Battlefield Recovery.

If you check out my previous post here You will find a YouTube video that contains; for what I can find anyway, the last trailer for this program online. Which shows a chap from the UK quite happily with no care in the world, removing Human remains and as I see it playing around with it, not even knowing what bone it is…

The whole thing is unethical and disgusting in my opinion, it creates a wrong idea of what archaeology is about and simply glorifies grave robbing and looting. As well as shows little/no respect to Human remains.


The Guardian today has published a article on the matter and currently anyone who complains to channel 5 is receiving the same generic email that is justifying the show.

The production of this show itself is also very iffy, Its still unknown who was contacted in the archaeological world to get permission to do and film this.

The whole thing is wrong and a quick YouTube search shows these amateur looting groups removing artefacts and human remains with no care or ethics in the world. More laws and policing needs to be done to stop this lucrative but yet growing trend of Grave robbing and looting, Not just on old Battlefields but across the world. Most recently we’ve heard about Isis looted artefacts  being sold and ending up in antique dealers in London. Its all part of the same old trend that’s destroying our heritage and painting a wrong picture of what we actually do.

All channel 5 are doing is supporting glorified grave robbing.

Would be interesting to hear back from some people on this as I know everyone has different views on the matter! However there was my rant on the topic, Thanks for reading. GA


UPDATE – It was pleasing to hear that the history channel in Australia/ New Zealand has stopped the plan airing of the series due to the just back lash yesterday.




Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a great festive season and a Happy New year! Ginger Archaeology will be getting back to the norm after I’ve finished with my final mock’s, and the website should be showing up very soon to! GA

NEWS 02/12/2015

First of we hear Egyptologists are now 90% sure that Search for hidden chamber in Luxor has been found which some say could hold remains of Queen Nefertiti…


Rolling with the Egyptian theme, The British Museum is to stage a exhibition of Egyptian underwater archaeology specifically focus on recent discoveries at the mouth of the Nile. Something I defiantly will  visit.


Finally. A Pop-up archaeology lab to open in York in the New Year.

“Local residents and visitors will be able to see archaeologists’ high tech methods of recording and interpreting sites, and analysing objects in detail, such as laser scanning, digital 3D modelling and microscopes.

Its Great to hear about these public engagement events hopefully pushing the importance of our heritage to a wider audience. GA

NEWS 25/11/2015

For all you ‘Martian archaeologist’ out there, here is a article looking at ‘remains’ on Mars…. (Just a bit different) Links a lot to this article


A farmer in northern Switzerland discovered a horde of Roman coins in his cherry orchard, great find!


Oldest stone tools in the Americas claimed in Chile, Will this controversial find stop hard fact from ever reaching the surface?

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