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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


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



Welcome to Disneyland Palmyra

Originally Published on the 29th AprilT Shirt Large

Sadly I did not get to see the £100,000 reconstruction of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph erected in Trafalgar Square this week, it certainly looks impressive however the other ideas behind the company that created it are less so…

After Palmyra was recaptured by Syrian forces in March, Maamoun Abdulkarim, the director of the Syrian antiquities department, said the government planned to employ the same 3D technique used by IDA (The company behind the reconstruction) to return the city its earlier splendour.

I recently had to do a essay about this whole idea of if its ethical to reconstruct historic sites to their former glory or does it simply morphs the current history of what has happened, thereby maybe making it unethical and actually gives the site a false story.

I have no problems with this arch being a “Temporary” Installation and maybe even moved back to Palmyra when the country is stable again and used in a visitor centre on the site. However what I am against here is the idea that IDA wants to actually reconstruct on top of what has been destroyed. I personally see this as a assault on this sites current history as you are simply changing its appearance and covering up this awful time that we live in. If we are ever going to learn from our mistakes we cant keep sugar coating or covering up the mistakes of our past, something which has happened far to much over the last couple of years.

ISIS is part of that history on that site, so why are we trying to hide it? Its surly an unethical way of hiding the truth.

But then again it is up to the Syrian people to decide what’s best to do. Lets just hope  UNESCO Will pay more attention next time to the preservation and protection of these sites located in conflict zones.

The replica Arch is to remain exhibited in London for three days before heading to a number of other cities including New York and Dubai. Under current plans it is then to be transferred to Palmyra to be exposed next to its ruined original. GA


Roman archaeology threaten by housing…

Another “Great” case where the clear lack of any care has now resulted in the possible loss to precious archaeology all in the name of housing development… GA

Tomb of the Vulture Lord

Really interesting read about the Tomb of the Vulture Lord and the fascinating links between the Olmec “mother culture” that influenced the Maya and other south American cultures. GA




An actual Blog Post 2

Been extremely busy with coursework lately so haven’t had much time to do anything on this blog. However in this time since my last post I’ve been working on the finds database for the website. Went down to the peak district for an extremely interesting meeting about the new national trust monitoring system!

I Managed to get down to London for a few days last week for a open day at UCL (University Collage London) of which I have now firmed so fingers crossed I will be attending!

I also got to watch this awesome spectacle from the barrier at the O2! Seriously cant beat Muse. 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




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