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Mimi
We found a fairly soft rock in our garden whilst digging. It was about 1 metre down.
In the rock is imprints of what looks like shells or seeds.
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Brittle Star
Hello
Where exactly are you. When your house was built it could have been shipped in as a foundation or it may be natural to the area. I think you have shells. Others may identify them if you provide more info.
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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Anonymous
We live in Braunton (North Devon) We are a couple of miles from the sea. Our house was built in 1918. Our house is on a hill (very much above sea level) so we were confused by finding what we thought were shells. But perhaps you are right and it was shipped in as a foundation for the house.
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Dirty Pete
Hi Mimi,
The bedrock around Braunton is late Devonian to Carboniferous and is fosiliferous so it wouldn't be that unusual to find fossil bivalves and brachiopods (seashells) in your garden.

Pete

If you want to check it out for yourself and you have a smartishphone, download this NHM  fossil explorer app (free).

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature/fossil-explorer-app.html

Type in your postcode and it'll tell you what else you might find in your garden.
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Anonymous
thanks so much. I have 2 boys, so we were very excited to find fossils in our garden
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