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Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 20:17:31   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
I am the coordinator for my club's activities in the underground sites in Reigate, which are primarily public tours. Two of these sites are SAMs, one being medieval. EH have always taken a hands off a
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 17:53:25   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
There's nothing like making up your mind before the event to scupper the chances of an initiative working. Fun, isn't it?
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 17:00:34   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
Let's start a scare-mongering thread, shall we?
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 13:15:43   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
This forum has its fair share of keyboard warriors, and it's not unique in that respect. It's all so easy to put a body like EH down, not so easy to pull your finger out and find a way to use powerful
Topic: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/06/2010 14:28:55   Subject: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
Some 40 years ago a brook local to our house was a great place to play. We would regularly see water voles there. The whole area was surrounded by fullers earth extraction, and sand pits. The sand pro
Topic: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/06/2010 12:09:37   Subject: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
This is a reasonably good document for learning about the freshwater pearl mussel. I imagine the susceptibility to siltation might be a concern where panning is taking place.

[url]http://ww
Topic: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/06/2010 11:08:57   Subject: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
[quote="Vanoord"]
Of course, the mussels are there despite many hundred years of mining, when river pollution would have been many, many times worse.
[/quote]

Can you be sure abo
Topic: NAMHO 2010 Conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2010 22:55:30   Subject: NAMHO 2010 Conference
[quote="ttxela"]Sorry, I wasn't driving so consequently wasn't paying too much attention. [/quote]

Well, it is difficult driving with one's trousers round one's ankles, isn't it? :lol:
Topic: NAMHO 2010 Conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/06/2010 19:04:07   Subject: NAMHO 2010 Conference
[quote="derrickman"]did they show you the 3D scanning fly-through from Combe Down then?

i didn't realise the one-time scale of the Somerset coalfields[/quote]Oh, sorry, I guess I am the onl
Topic: NAMHO 2010 Conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/06/2010 19:00:58   Subject: NAMHO 2010 Conference
I am surprised you recognised any of us through that face forest. :)
Topic: Cornish Riverside 1900's
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/06/2010 20:02:54   Subject: Cornish Riverside 1900's
I am looking at both with no preconceptions of where they are. the photos are the same place, the ropeway is exactly where they were building the viaduct, and your photo is printed the wrong way aroun
Topic: Cornish Riverside 1900's
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/06/2010 19:55:03   Subject: Cornish Riverside 1900's
Here is the Frith image of Calstock from 1903. Look closely and you will see the same buildings, except that in the photo posted above it is reversed!

[url]http://www.francisfrith.com/calst
Topic: NAMHO 2010 Conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/06/2010 15:19:13   Subject: NAMHO 2010 Conference
[b]NAMHO conference summary[/b]

[u]Friday evening[/u]

Mark Horton, the animated Professor from Bristol Uni well-known to Time Team fans, gave an energetic overview of the place o
Topic: Mid-Wales Mine Rescue Practice 19th June
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/06/2010 12:31:35   Subject: Mid-Wales Mine Rescue Practice 19th June
See the notice on UKCaving - a request for new members and for people who know mines and especially Mid-Wales to get involved in a practice.

[url]http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php/topic,1
Topic: East Horsley Chalk Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 19/05/2010 09:18:31   Subject: East Horsley Chalk Mine
The link you posted probably refers the the same documents I mentioned. The date from the 1940s sound familar. I suspect the prehistoric finds were later identified as not necessarily associated with
Topic: East Horsley Chalk Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 19/05/2010 09:14:14   Subject: East Horsley Chalk Mine
I am afraid I don't know this site, but it sounds very much like a chalk well - usually dating from the 18th or 19th century. They are small scale agricultural chalk workings for improving the soil. T
Topic: East Horsley Chalk Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 17/05/2010 11:58:35   Subject: East Horsley Chalk Mine
Hi Chalky.

What makes you call this a neolithic flint mine?
Topic: Family tree stuff
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 13/05/2010 21:00:01   Subject: Family tree stuff
He probably made it himself on Super-8. ;D
Topic: Family tree stuff
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 12/05/2010 14:51:24   Subject: Family tree stuff
The Bearhaven mines are in Ireland. Is it possible this is what you are referring to? I think the history of these mines has been documented, but I don't know the details.
Topic: Blackfold Furnace Iron Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 04/05/2010 15:25:10   Subject: Blackfold Furnace Iron Mine
You probably need to contact the Wealden Iron Research Group. Here is a link to their database.

[url]http://www.wirgdata.org/searchsites.cgi[/url]
Topic: Wheal Martyn
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/04/2010 14:52:48   Subject: Wheal Martyn
Give the kids a pressure hose* to play with and that would be a ticket to success for WM!

* aren't they called "monitors"?
Topic: Wheal Martyn
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/04/2010 14:51:22   Subject: Wheal Martyn
You would think a china clay works would be a little boy's dream world with all that water, mud and machinery to play with!
Topic: Wheal Martyn
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/04/2010 14:12:25   Subject: Wheal Martyn
Is there no possibility of a number of separate industrial attractions getting together and issuing a ticket a bit like the Ironbridge Gorge sites, or Portsmouth Dockyards, where you pay once to gain
Topic: Morwellham Quay saved from closure
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/04/2010 19:06:02   Subject: Morwellham Quay saved from closure
I liked Bicton Gardens when I went there a year or so back. I would be pleased if they ran Morwellham with the same care and attention. I also think the chap was at the same school as me, so he must b
Topic: Nice bit of subsidence!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/03/2010 19:39:52   Subject: Nice bit of subsidence!
I expect you have to have a few to counteract the effect.
Topic: bbc2 mastercrafts stonemasonry on now!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/03/2010 15:08:33   Subject: bbc2 mastercrafts stonemasonry on now!
I fell asleep before it ended, wihhc is more a reflection of the sh!t day I had rather than the interesting nature of the programme!
Topic: Royal Observer Corps Bunkers
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/03/2010 21:42:16   Subject: Royal Observer Corps Bunkers
I've often wondered what all those conveyor belts and rock crushers were doing in Oxford Circus tube station. Thanks for the clarification. :lol:
Topic: Pics and Lighting.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/03/2010 19:52:08   Subject: Pics and Lighting.
Aw, bless. The old gentleman still thinks it's funny! :)
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 14/03/2010 08:09:28   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Thank you everyone - the replies both here and on UKCaving have been useful and encouraging. Now I just need the time and help to get on with a plan!
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 13/03/2010 16:19:27   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Dendrochronology would be great except that almost all the timber props in the workings are now what on the Thursday trip I termed "air props". There is a stain on the roof, a pile of dust on the floo
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 19:28:56   Subject: Carbon14 dating
All organic carbon surely originated from carbon dioxide converted to sugars etc by plants? Then eaten by animals? The amount of C14 in atmospheric carbon dioxide remained pretty constant until we sta
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 14:12:18   Subject: Carbon14 dating
300 years? Perfect! Most of the undated stuff is at least 1600 or earlier, and possibly back to the 12th century.
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 13:03:10   Subject: Carbon14 dating
That is a problem, Stuey. The roof is a calcareous sandstone / siliceous limestone depending on how you look at it! It's a sort of immature chert with carbonate content. The soot would have to be sepa
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 11:56:05   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Our nearest unis are at Brighton, Guildford and in London. So a good chance! Thanks for the suggestion. Even better if there are also departments that have an interest in medieval archaeology.
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 11:26:22   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Last night I was in the Chaldon quarries and noticed lamp/candle soot on the roof, of which there is loads and we have never really given it much thought as being useful for dating.

But the
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/03/2010 21:01:04   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
[quote="ttxela"][quote="Peter Burgess"][quote="dvd.merkel@gmail.com"]This was quite helpful. Thank you. The website I saw several years ago was quite careful, as your website, to point out that what i
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/03/2010 09:26:26   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
[quote="dvd.merkel@gmail.com"]This was quite helpful. Thank you. The website I saw several years ago was quite careful, as your website, to point out that what is often referred to as "Freemasonry" ma
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2010 20:58:04   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Close! But it isn't my hovercraft, unfortunately.
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2010 17:49:30   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
[quote="dvd.merkel@gmail.com"]By the way, what does,

Hé ! Ki kapcsolva le a villanyt ?

mean??
Best,
David[/quote]

I've been wondering that as well. ;)
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2010 08:46:22   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
David - you said you were seeking information - in what respect?
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 21:42:04   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
I am pretty sure DVD did not mean pre-Roman when he wrote "ancient"...... :)
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 15:06:13   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
For Chalk Mines, read Firestone Quarries ! ;)

Otherwise, you flatter me. :-[
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 11:51:37   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Roger the Cat:

If you haven't come across this book, I can highly recommend it.

[url]http://www.moorebooks.co.uk/shelves/cart.php?target=product&product_id=18545&category_id=329[
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 11:49:08   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
I suspect that there are some more incorrect assumptions in that Wikipedia link with regard to the older structures mentioned in London.
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 11:09:49   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
DVD - how do you define "ancient"? To me it means 17th century or older, but that is a purely personal view. It really defines a boundary between modern industrial and pre-industrial eras.

Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 09:59:17   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
It is also worth bearing in mind that on the whole, most of the underground quarries we can visit today are actually not that old, and most were dug from the 18th century onwards. Older workings do ex
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 09:56:47   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
In England, the first significant major use of stone from underground quarries was probably very soon after the Norman Conquest and was of Caen stone imported from Normandy. These quarries still exist
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 07:50:12   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Is there any reason why specifically limestone? Underground sandstone quarries played an equal part in the construction of ancient buildings. It's a grossly under-researched area, certainly in contras
Topic: Rockley Engine House Iron Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/03/2010 15:51:22   Subject: Rockley Engine House Iron Mine
There are also parallax issues with the vertical views and I wonder if these inaccuracies are also true on the maps? If you look at a tall vertical feature such as a chimney you will often find the to
Topic: BGS Photo archive
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2010 11:15:26   Subject: BGS Photo archive
As there is a limit, would it be bending the rules to have links instead of downloaded images? Links either to the BGS site or to other non-profit sites where they themselves have downloaded less than
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