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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Does this count?
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/07/2008 12:20:33   Subject: Does this count?
Or this?

[img]http://www.wcms.org.uk/images/gmsdig070724_js07_childs_trike.jpg[/img]
Topic: The importance of animals
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/07/2008 12:10:03   Subject: The importance of animals
Levant is a mine where ponies were used underground, and of course there are the horse levels in the North Pennines. On the surface there were horse whims and crushers. And I suspect women and childre
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/07/2008 11:00:14   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
There are good recent examples of ancient coal workings being uncovered by opencasting, and archaeologists being allowed to record and preserve items discovered before being swept away forever. These
Topic: The importance of animals
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 22:08:51   Subject: The importance of animals
Hill ponies - yes, hardiness factors at work! Lowland heavy horses vs oxen is where I think the arguments I read were coming from, and in relation to agricultural work such as ploughing and carting ra
Topic: The importance of animals
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 20:29:52   Subject: The importance of animals
The original question was about animal husbandry in relation to mine animals. When I was reading around the subject of oxen vs horses, mules etc., it appeared that the reason oxen were often preferred
Topic: The importance of animals
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 19:16:09   Subject: The importance of animals
I have asked this elsewhere with no response, but it does not harm to ask again. Has anyone heard of oxen being used underground? Oxen were the preferred beasts for agricultural work for centuries, an
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 19:04:32   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
[quote="jr48"]Great ! Exactly as it should be. :thumbsup:
By the way, what's up with being an anorak ? We all are at times. :) [/quote]

I like being an anorak. I would hate to be thou
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 14:24:50   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
To bring home the point about artefacts often serving a better purpose if left in situ, I was underground last night, and while looking for animal footprints in a passage I had considered stripped cle
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 13:57:39   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
I deliberately left my worm-can opener at home today ;D
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 13:47:14   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]

Let's hope your post rounds off the mineral collector v mine explorer argument although somehow I doubt it.[/quote]

I hope so too, as mineral collecting is
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2008 08:35:57   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
Artefact removal - from a historical point of view, is it not more important to ensure that finds are properly recorded so that their appearance and provenance are preserved than to be overly concerne
Topic: Mining in the South East
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 02/07/2008 18:08:45   Subject: Mining in the South East
[quote="Dochol"]Thanks Peter. I thought that might be the case, as it so often is these days. However, having just managed to arrange a group visit underground at Boulby later in the year, I hoped it
Topic: Mining in the South East
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 02/07/2008 15:55:51   Subject: Mining in the South East
We tried to arrange one for NAMHO2005 but were told that visits are now strictly limited to BG clients. So you will need to order a few thousand plasterboard panels first.
Topic: Mining in the South East
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 02/07/2008 08:48:07   Subject: Mining in the South East
August will be fine by me. Uploading photos may have to wait a while too.
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/07/2008 07:47:37   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
The horseshoe I referred to had been there for the best part of (and possibly more than) 400 years. My experience is that iron shoes (horse and ox) removed from the quarries and left untreated will of
Topic: Mining in the South East
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 01/07/2008 20:19:58   Subject: Mining in the South East
I suppose I should add some info and photos of the Surrey sites, or indeed some of the gypsum mines. Problem is my pics are never that good.
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2008 20:16:36   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
Allow me to tell you about an incident of artefact removal. The most important of all the Surrey firestone quarries in archaeological terms contains precious little dating evidence. A small portion of
Topic: Mining in the South East
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 01/07/2008 15:09:27   Subject: Mining in the South East
[quote="viewer"]
I work in Reading during the week (and was aware of the Emmer Green chalk mine in Reading but can't find out how to get a visit organised as the contact I have found seems to hav
Topic: Mining in the South East
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 01/07/2008 14:41:50   Subject: Mining in the South East
Excluding non-extractive sites, the area contains underground workings for

Gypsum
Coal
Chalk
Flint
Silver sand
Fullers earth
Building stone
Firestone
Topic: Mining in the South East
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 01/07/2008 14:03:51   Subject: Mining in the South East
In a large number of aspects of modern Britain, the UK is very London-centric, including the "Sarf Ease" as the locals call it. One exception is mining, and in that area at least, we lurcals are very
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