Essex mammoth

Six-foot mammoth tusk found in Essex at extreme low tide

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A mammoth tusk more than 6ft long has been found at low tide off Mersea Island, near Coopers Beach. The find was revealed by on their twitter account this morning, with a tweet: “What’s, this old thing? Just found it lying around.”

The group – Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (Citizan) – was able to explore more than 1km off shore because of a unique low tide this morning. Citizan had been promoting its expedition on Twitter the day before under the hash tag #alltimelow

The low water revealed a rarely seen a spit of gravel on clay bedrock. The tusk was inside a ‘loose sand filled’ area, according to, @CITiZAN1

The volunteers are due back tomorrow.

Mammoths died out around 10,000 years ago. One of the most important Essex finds was made at Ilford in 1864. The mammoth can be seen at the Natural History Museum. It is the most complete mammoth skull found in Britain to date.

BBC report on the find today.

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