Old Football Found On Beach Turns Out To Be An Iron Age Skull

Old Football Found On Beach Turns Out To Be An Iron Age Skull

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Old Football Found On Beach Turns Out To Be An Iron Age Skull

Image kicking what you thought was part of an old football during a beach stroll-only to find that it was actually part of a human skull. That’s what happened to Anthony Plowright.

Isle of Wight County Press/Solent News. Used with permission from HMC for the Isle of Wight.

When he found what turned out to be the upper portion of the human brain, called the cranium, he was walking his two dogs on a beach near Binstead on the Isle of Wight.

The office of the Coroners of the Isle of Wight sent the dark brown remains for carbon dating and found it was around 2,800 years old.

The skull was discovered on the 4th of June 2018 but the Isle of Wight Coroner, Caroline Sumeray has only just released her findings.

The carbon dating puts the cranium as belonging to someone who would have lived in the early Iron Age – between about 800BC and 540BC.

Mr Plowright said: ‘I thought it was part of an old football when I first saw it and so I booted it down the beach. I soon realised it wasn’t a ball.

‘I put it in a bag and took it home and emailed the police to tell them I had found it.’

‘I had absolutely no idea it was that old.’

Isle of Wight County Press/Solent News. Used with permission from HMC for the Isle of Wight.

The skull has been donated to the Isle of Wight Museum Service who say they are looking forward to studying it.

During the Iron Age the people of the Isle of Wight were already trading with nearby communities through maritime links.

‘Recent discoveries suggest that the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight engaged in wider maritime activity within the Solent from prehistoric times’, according to Stephanie Smith from the British Museum.

‘By the Iron Age and Roman periods the Island was part of a vast maritime network of interaction between coastal southern Britain and the Continent, extending as far as the Mediterranean.’

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P. Natasha Covers Classical Archaeology news and has been with Histecho since 2017. She has a Master's degree in MA Archaeology from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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