We're not sure what kind of bone this is, how old it is etc? There was a recent tidal surge and this was found on the coast. Length approximately 35 - 40cm length, about 3cm wide with the end about 6cm. Please see picture! Any help identifying this would be great, thank you.
This is a radius and part of an ulna, the two bones that run from the elbow to the wrist. In the middle photo you can clearly see a grove which is the attachment of the ulna to the radius and you can also see where the ulna has been broken. On the bottom photo the wrist end is on the right and the elbow on the left. Given it looks quite slender I would favour Horse rather than cattle but reindeer, bison and elk remains are also regularly recovered from the north sea off the suffolk coast.
That's great, thank you very much for your reply. Do you have any idea how old it is? Why is it black? Kind regards Lauren
When animals decay in a low oxygen environment, such as in water or in water saturated soil, the carbon is not fully oxidised and stains the bones black. I am not an expert on aging of bones BUT if you could compare it with a horse and it is a good match then it is 'recent' as horses were brought to this country relatively recently (thousands of years ago rather then tens of thousands!!).