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Apr 25, 2014 8:38 PM

Daymer Bay - Ancient Bone.

Hi all,


It's a first time post here following a call to the Museum today and I am hoping somebody might be able to help with this bone identification.


To give the background...


The item was found on Tuesday 15th April 2014 in Daymer Bay in Cornwall.


I was there on holiday and had been made aware of the exposure of a submerged forest on the beach at low tide so went for a look, please see links attached.


Whilst looking at the exposed areas I came across a few small sections of wood etc before I noticed this bone half buried in the peat deposits (I therefore believe it to be cosistent with the age of the peat). I initially thought it to be an antler, but once lifted, the socket joint was visable therefore I assumed it to be bone. The size suggests it to be from a reativly large animal, but here my knowledge of what it might be ends and my call for help begins.


Any information on the type of animal would be gratefully recieved as would any information about whether I should contact anyone else (Cornwall Geoconservation Group) as from the basic research I have done there doesn't seem to have been too many bone finds made from these areas.


Please see photos for additional info.







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    Apr 25, 2014 9:15 PM (in response to Jamie)
    Re: Daymer Bay - Ancient Bone.



    I'm not the best at answering bone ID's (in my last effort I miss identified a birds sternum as its pelvis ) My first thoughts were for a Cow pelvis  but the cusp looks interesting so I will go with a Deer


    I hope someone more knowledgable comes along but a visit to a local museum is recommended alternatively a chat with an old butcher



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