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I was recently digging with my son on a beach in Norfolk when we dug this skull up .  I know nothing about fossils or anything regarding what I should do with it.  It appears to be very old ? 100s ,  1000s,  100,000s of years,  no idea.

Just after a bit of help if anybody has any knowledge or tips that can point me in the right direction.  Where should I be taking this and who I should be reporting it too?

Looking forward to any replies

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Hi

What a very interesting find! Certainly human / hominid.

I asked Alister at UKGE to respond on the FB-linked post of this.  He's local and very knowledgeable about the area. In case you didn't see the response here's what he said:

"Looks extremely interesting. The colour is typical of the Cromer Forest-bed Formation, but that would be too old for human, however. Further down the coast, the formation is slightly younger at Happisburgh and Pakefield they have found human tools but never remains. Digs tried to find remains but they couldn't. This needs to be looked at very carefully by a museum. Can you PM me, and I will put you in touch with Norfolk Museum Services, or Nigel Larkin."

You could have something really special here that needs careful checking out.  Congratulations!  Please do keep us posted as I know I would be very interested in the outcome to this.

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That looks rather interesting to me - I would take it to a local museum or county archaeologist etc!
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Very interesting and important! Well done - please keep us informed.
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Hello, interesting find! Could be an important one...
Looking at the skull`s eyebrows, it seems to have been a male, but if it is Neanderthal, I could be wrong.
If the piece was moist when you found it, then keep it moist and do not let it dry out.
So keep in closed plastic bag and treat it as if it is very brittle.
Let us know how and what it turns out to be.

greetings, Bert

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Hi. Thanks for the positive feedback. I would be really happy to discuss this with the Norfolk Museum Services, or Nigel Larkin.". Unfortunately I am not on Facebook. Would it be possible to get him to contact myself via this forum.
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Fascinating find - i hope you will keep us updated as to the results of the investigation!
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Re. my earlier post, I've asked Alister to contact you though this forum about. This is a really interesting find.
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Don't want to jump the gun here but this looks extremely interesting, the skull looks rather small to be an adult male but has very prominent brow ridges. Do keep us informed -this is the most interesting find on the forum for a long time.
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Very interesting!
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I am going to email Nigel and Simon and CC you in the email. 

Simon Parfitt has worked on a Ancient Human Occupation of Britain Project and has contributed to research on the earliest human skull-cups in Britain as well as investigations into the earliest evidence of human occupation in Britain.

Hence together, they will most certainly be able to help. 

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Hello there,

I've only just noticed this post. I'm Senior Curator of Natural History at Norfolk Museums Service. I would strongly urge you to bring this along to Norwich Castle Study Centre (or Cromer Museum failing that), for an expert to look at it please. Nigel Larkin does not work for us anymore, and is not in the immediate area. As potential human remains this should be treated with reverence. We wouldn't take it away from you for long I'm sure and you'd get full credit for the find if it did turn out to be important.

The address is: Norfolk Museums Service, Norwich Castle Study Centre, The Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich NR1 3JQ (01603 493625)

http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle/whats-here/norwich-castle-study-centre

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Very interesting what's under our feet, does look mature and small, could end up an interesting combination.
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Hello again from Norwich Castle Study Centre.

Turns out after colleagues from the Natural History Museum have had a close look at the pictures, and from finding out more about the find spot, this is almost certainly modern Homo sapiens (albeit with some antiquity), rather than neanderthal, or H. heidelbergensis or similar.

It was found at Hunstanton, so not Cromer Forest-bed Formation (probably from a graveyard at the top of a cliff somewhere nearby).

Watch this space in the near future for advice on what to do if you think you've found human remains in Norfolk. Thanks for everyone involved for acting so quickly and getting this sorted out.

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Hello again from Norwich Castle Study Centre.

Turns out after colleagues from the Natural History Museum have had a close look at the pictures, and from finding out more about the find spot, this is almost certainly modern Homo sapiens (albeit with some antiquity), rather than neanderthal, or H. heidelbergensis or similar.

It was found at Hunstanton, so not Cromer Forest-bed Formation (probably from a graveyard at the top of a cliff somewhere nearby).

Watch this space in the near future for advice on what to do if you think you've found human remains in Norfolk. Thanks for everyone involved for acting so quickly and getting this sorted out.



So possibly a child's skull a few hundred years old ?
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modern Human? with eyebrow ridges and low skull like that? Seems more like a rather ancient ancestor, surely?  Wouldn't want him as a neighbour.........
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Mind you, it was found in Norfolk, so could well be a modern human.  Now, if it was Suffolk........
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Mind you, it was found in Norfolk, so could well be a modern human.  Now, if it was Suffolk........


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