Oscar’s mammoth find

A MAMMOTH tusk has been found in Fenstanton by a man and his son out walking near their home. Colin Flinders was at Fen Drayton Gravel Pits with his six-year-old son Oscar, pictured, when he came across a large object, approximately 2ft long with a diame

A MAMMOTH tusk has been found in Fenstanton by a man and his son out walking near their home.

Colin Flinders was at Fen Drayton Gravel Pits with his six-year-old son Oscar, pictured, when he came across a large object, approximately 2ft long with a diameter of 6in, covered in overgrown greenery.

Believing his find to be of interest, he took the object home and telephoned the Norris Museum in St Ives for help.

Bob Burn-Murdoch, curator of the museum, told The Hunts Post that it would not be unusual to find a mammoth tusk in the area. "They used to be found much more often when all of the gravel pits were dug by hand back in the 19th century."


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Mr Flinders believes that the tusk was dragged up from the pits when the area was being dredged. Under advice from the museum, he intends to allow the tusk to dry out before applying varnish to aid its preservation.

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