Rare 6ft mammoth tusk discovered off the coast of Mersea Island.

Discovered by volunteers of Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (Citizan) on a very low tide. Other discoveries have been made this year - it is thought that 2 feet of mud have been taken away by erosion along this shore. The find was off Coopers Beach.



Mammoths roamed the Earth more than 100,000 years ...
Cat1 Mersea-->Beach

Rare 6ft mammoth tusk discovered off the coast of Mersea Island.
Discovered by volunteers of Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (Citizan) on a very low tide. Other discoveries have been made this year - it is thought that 2 feet of mud have been taken away by erosion along this shore. The find was off Coopers Beach.

Mammoths roamed the Earth more than 100,000 years ago and most populations of the ancient animal were wiped out by the most recent Ice Age. They were roughly around the size of African elephants, weighed around six tonnes and were up to 10 feet tall.
Rings contained within mammoth tusks can help researchers to discover how old they are, something Citizan volunteers in London will be doing over the next few months.

The Natural History Museum took samples from the tusk and December 2018 reported that the tusk was thought to be 12,000 years old.


Date: 31 March 2017      

Photo: Mersea Museum - CITiZAN
Image ID CZN_007
Category 1 Mersea-->Beach

This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.