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Mammoth Tusk

Mammoth tusk

Using shovels….. workers dug the tusk out from the pit and cleaned off the mud.

This mammoth tusk which measures 2.8 metre (9 foot 2 inches) from end to tip, was discovered in 1973. It belonged to a woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius, and is thought to be about 20,000 years old, dating to the late Pleistocene Period during the Ice Age.

The tip of the mammoth tusk was spotted by an excavator driver, Dave Bennett, who was digging a drain beside the River Whitewater, at Lodge Farm, in North Warnborough, Hampshire. Using shovels, Dave and other workers dug the tusk out from the pit and cleaned off the mud.

The Natural History Museum was informed of the discovery and it was examined by Dr Anthony Sutcliffe, who took it back to the museum for immediate conservation.

Since then the tusk has recently undergone additional conservation work as the historic restoration work had begun to age, causing damage to the original tusk material.

The tusk is the most complete example found in Hampshire. Other tusks in the collections of Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service are fragments of less than a metre long.

Quick Facts

  • Accession number HMCMS:HCMS1973.220
  • Dimensions Length 2.8m
  • Made of bone
  • Period Late Pleistocene
  • Place found North Warnborough, Hampshire
  • Date found 1973

Facts

  • Other mammoth remains from Hampshire in the collections of Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service include teeth, limb bones and a shoulder blade.

Did you know?

Recent discoveries suggest that woolly mammoths lived in Britain as recently as 14,000 years ago.

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