Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Stoney ground.

If you was to position yourself on the high water tide line on Margate main sands in line with Godden's gap on Margate seafront. Then take 200 paces towards the sea you would be standing directly over some  very interesting layers of local sea side history. However between  you and this layer of history there is layers of golden sand. Pictured on the left is what the ground would look like if that sand was to suddenly wash away like it has done occasionally over the past three years. This photograph taken during the winter of 2012  is a perfect example of the clay bed that lays under the sand and when the sand washes down to clay.
As in the photograph the surface is littered with everything solid from the upper layers including as much historical evidence you can pick up. Most of the finds do tend to be from the golden age of Victorian and Edwardian sea side tourism that spanned from the late 1880's up until the outbreak of the First World War. Typical finds would be broken clay pipe stems and bowls, remains of earthenware ginger beer bottles or even a complete one.Then there are shards from broken plates of which many are patterned or carry logo's from catering outlets and steamer companies.The glass that can be found from small pieces to almost complete bottles is also interesting as samples of every type of design of bottle from that era can be found, many local and a great deal from London. In each case every item is in some stage of breaking down in the environment that will turn the item into a small beach pebble.
On the 26th May I will be having a mini exhibition of finds and photographs taken during the Margate sea defence works at the Monkton nature reserve open day. This will also include many of the small items that will be hands on that I have featured over the past year.

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