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lynne
Thanks "Old Goat", I love the area around the bay as you never know what you are going to find.

Lynne

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lynne
Hello,
 

The pictured bone was found at Folkestone amongst the rocks at Copt Point. It appears to be partly mineralised and is very hard but is not heavy. It is hollow. At first I thought it was the recent remains of someone's roast dinner but because of the mineralisation I'm wondering whether it is indeed older. Would be grateful for any comments.

Lynne 

 

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Edited by Bill G 2011-02-12 12:40:05
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prep01
Hello Lynne, could it be from an archaeological context?
Colin Huller
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Bill G
Hi Lynne, can't help I'm afraid but agree with Colin, if it's not heavy.
Cheers, Bill
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lynne
Hi Colin,
 

It could be, although it was quite a long way along from the Roman Villa site which is the obvious place to think about. I found it in a rockpool last autumn halfway between the low tide line and the cliffs.

Lynne
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prep01
Roman, Iron Age..... 
Colin Huller
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pete g
Hi Lyne.
I,m just comparing your piece of bone, to the bits i have found, i,d say its defo alot more recent than the reptile bone fragments i,ve found. The bits i have are black  and very heavy, dense pieces.

Thanks for showing us though.

Cheers Pete g
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lynne
Hi Colin, Bill and Pete,
 

Thanks for your comments - I thought it was probably very old bone rather than fossil but I wanted to make sure. It has a lovely feel to it anyway!

 

Lynne
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ryanc
What does the other end look like - look's like its been cut - can you see any tool marks?
 

Its very difficult to date bones like these as things like mineralisation/staining vary greatly based on the soil conditions.

 

Regards,

 

Ryan
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lynne
Hi Ryan,
 

One end is broken and uneven (photo follows) and the other looks as if it has been cut, although the edge is smooth and rounded rather than sharp (I guess because of its age). I jave looked carefully and can't see any cutting marks.

 

Lynne[attach:fileid=http://www.discussfossils.com/forum/uploads/1618/bone_end_resize_2.jpg]
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lynne
Other end.
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oldgoat
Hi Lynne,
 

Definitely bone and most probably from the midden heaps on the East Cliff: apart from natural erosion and the regression of the cliff at the villa site, a lot of the spoil from the original excavation in 1924 was tipped over the cliff and is now finding its way out onto the beach...

 

I have a collection of late Iron Age material from East Wear Bay.
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ryanc
Hi Lynne,
 

Sorry - just back from holiday - nice bone chunk. I'd think that rounded ball joint must be identifiable - wiccaman is pretty good at these :)

 

Bone stays pretty much intact for a few thousand years (depending on conditions) then becomes increasingly de-mineralised over the next thousands of years - if it survives beyond that its generally been re-mineralised and can then be stable for millions of years.

 

Yours is not last weeks sunday roast but doesnt sound like its been de-mineralised so its less than a few thousand years old - you could narrow it down by checking the heritage gateway for any settlements near where you found it?

 

Regards,

 

Ryan
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