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Laura
My daughter found this in a field in Cambridgeshire, and we wondered what it is?
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prep01
Hello Laira and welcome to the forum.
I think it's a tusk, but it's age is a bit difficult, probably 10's of thousands of years old by the looks of it. could you say where you found it please (as near as possible, but not the name of the field! (This is to check the geology).
Colin Huller
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Laura
Hello, thank you for replying. we found it in West Wickham, South East Cambridgeshire. A tusk from what kind of animal?
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Laura
Thank you. We found it in a chalky field in South cambridgeshire.
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prep01
Laura, can you be more specific please? A town / village name would help.
Colin Huller
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Weald on Bed
Looks like a boar's tusk. Whether from a domesticated pig or a wild boar is hard to say though the former seems more likely. Also difficult to comment on the antiquity but in the chalky soils south of Cambridge, bone can develop interesting patination relatively quickly. In my youth I did a lot of field walking around there with the local archaeological society; we used to find loads of animal bones that looked ancient but were actually deposited there in Victorian times when fields were being fertilised with slaughterhouse waste.
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prep01
Hi Laura, There is a good covering of glacial deposits,so it's 50 - 50 as to wether it's more modern or deposited fromm glaciers!
Colin Huller
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Laura
Thank you all.
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