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




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


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


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?

Fox Hole Cave

Fox Hole cave is located near the summit of the hill High Wheeldon in Derbyshire. It is owned by the National Trust and access to it can be made through them!

Inside contained the remains of the earliest human remains in Derbyshire, between 3800 and 4500BC, including 2 harts and a pre historic bear skull. (Excavated remains in Buxton museum.) The caves themselves also contain the story of early archaeologists whom hand work and methods; Very questionable methods, can clearly be seen.

The entrance way drops 8 ft down into a passage leading to a chamber 20 ft long where there is a branch to the right leading to a third chamber and zigzag passages beyond. Carved out by ancient water ways.

The cave was discovered and partly explored in 1928 after someone’s local Jack Russell went missing down a small hole and didn’t return, so a plan was devised to find the dog. With the local area being a mining community it must have been a normal thing to simply blow open the hole…. (The animal was unharmed and found safely apparently) but fox hole caves were re-unearthed. Leading to a excavation in 1928.  A more extensive investigation was carried out during the 1961 and 1981, with excavations concentrated on archaeological deposits in the floor of the Entrance Chamber, the Main Passage and the First Chamber, where a sequence of deposits up to 2 metres deep was recorded.

It has been occupied throughout prehistory beginning in the Paeleolithic, while in the Neolithic it was used to house a burial chamber, showing the clear change in culture as we moved to more manmade structures; Round houses and the role of the dead became an important aspect in early culture, so the preservation of these bodies must have been vital as we now have seen how Neolithic and beyond use to regularly bring out there dead in some areas of the world for sacred means. Weather this was the case here is unknown. If I find my pictures I will upload them to here. GA

NEWS 18/11/2015

A total of 277 remains have been found whilst constriction a tramline expansion in Manchester, adding more history to a interesting city.


More strains keep emerging , This time off two hunter-gatherers whose 13,300 and 9,700-year-old remains were found in caves in the Caucasus


Matching slabs of stone from Roman Britain town found by archaeologists more than a century apart – Great article about this unusual event! GA

Changes to Ginger Archaeology and Roman

Hello! First of id like to say a massive thank you to all my followers as well as everyone who reads my blog, id love to see this grow so please feel free to like and share my posts, really would like to create some good discussions around some of the topic.

I have periods where I am extremely busy with coursework along with work experience where I am unable to write posts to here however this is about to change! I have a new format coming into play that should make regular updates. was completed and ready to be launched however the free hosting provider got hacked on the 28th of October which has now caused me to loss all of my unsaved code; That was my fault always save your code!  so I am now in the process of moving providers to a better hosting site that has a newer updated version of HTML which will allow me to implement an even better wiki to get the site going properly, With the aim to launch it officially in the new year, however the wiki should be done by the end of the month.

Ideas and new format

  • First of you might have noticed my new looking Blog, I will add more search ability to it however I feel that the new look offers much more ease in seeing what I have posted into he past.
  • Blog posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12am UK time, however I am testing a 6pm UK time launch to see if this receives more views.
  • Website to be completed early next year with the Wiki being set up to access all of my sites and upload your own by the end of November
  • A host of Educational material for schools will be launching with the website, something that has been a long time coming and I hope people will use.
  • Working on a leaflet/Newsletter for History in Lincolnshire which I aim to get completed soon and will be published every 3 months.
  • Two publications looking at Pre Historic to Iron age sites in the Witham Valley in Lincolnshire which will include some new evidence that I have uncovered, very exiting stuff! With the other being on Roman occupation of Lincolnshire, however this wont be available till at least Mid 2016.
  • Most important one of all… BETTER SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION! My spelling and punctuation can be atrocious, however I do try my hardest to make sure it is correct in these posts, its just a perk of being dyslexic!

I would love to hear back from anyone as well on New ideas and how I could better my Blog! Thanks for reading GA

Antiochia ad Cragum Unearthed

Excavation director Michael Hoff poses with the Turkish students have been hard at work, excavating the remains of Antiochia ad Cragum, a Roman city founded in the first central on the southern coast of Turkey.

Bouletarian (City Council House)

So far shops, Colonnaded Streets, Mosaics, Bathhouses and even a Bouletarian (City Council House) have been found the site covers 7 acres (3 hectares), is located on the sparsely populated outskirts of the town of Gazipaş, atop craggy cliffs in an area that is today dominated by wheat fields. Little is known about the city even from ancient sources, and though the archaeological site had been identified in the early 19th century. 

One of the most interesting finds has to be an almost perfect head of Medusa. (Seen In the Featured Image at the top of this page) At Antiochia, a Medusa architectural sculpture would have served an apotropaic function, intended to avert evil —but later, her likeness would have been considered idolatrous by the Christians who came to live at the site. It’s also a surprising find as the people living at Antiochia later were zealous Christians who were destroying art.

Much of the Roman artwork from the site has been lost. Sometime after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, several churches were built at Antiochia. Hoff said “his team has found lots of broken sculptural parts and bits of statues that had smashed into pieces; they’ve also found evidence of the Christian kilns where the marble artwork would become mortar.” GA

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