Mammoth tusk found on English beach
Archaeologists on the Essex coast have discovered a 6ft (2m) long mammoth tusk during an unusually low tide.
|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]
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]