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Mammoth tusk found on English beach

Archaeologists on the Essex coast have discovered a 6ft (2m) long mammoth tusk during an unusually low tide.

Mammoth tusk found on English beach
The tusk, shown next to a 1m (3ft) measuring rod - was discovered by chance by an archaeological group 
which supports amateurs [Credit: Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network]
The find was made by members and volunteers with Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (Citizan) on Thursday morning off Mersea Island.

Project officer Stephanie Ostrich said: "We came across it by chance. It is incredibly fragile and quite a rare find."

Samples and photographs were taken of the tusk, which was then left in situ.

Citizan works with amateur archaeologists along the coast.

The mammoth tusk was found during a "field walk" in which participants walk along a stretch of beach in a long line and record what they find.

The tusk was discovered about 1km (0.6m) from the coast off Cooper's Beach.

Ms Ostrich said the photographs taken would help the London-based Citizan team create a three-dimensional image of the tusk.

Research will also be carried out into how the discovery tallies with other finds made in the area.

Source: BBC News Website [March 30, 2017]

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