Prehistoric fossil collectors

McNamara, K. J. (2012) Prehistoric fossil collectors. GeoScientist, 22 (5). pp. 14-19. ISSN ISSN: 0961-5628, ESSN: 2045-1784

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It was a cold Spring day in 1887 on the Chilterns when amateur archaeologist Worthington Smith made one of his most impressive discoveries – the skeletons of a young woman and a child that had lain entwined in their shallow grave for about 4000 years. But there was something very strange about this burial. They were not alone. Hundreds of balls of flint, each engraved with a five-pointed star, lay with the fragile bones – a cornucopia of fossil sea urchins. And to Smith’s expert eye, they all seemed to have been buried very carefully with the bodies in their chalky grave. Yet of all the possible grave goods that could accompany the deceased pair into the afterlife, why choose such strange objects?

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Journal: Geoscientist (ISSN: 0961-5628, ESSN: 2045-1784) RoMEO: This is a RoMEO green journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2012AREP; IA63;
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Journal or Publication Title: GeoScientist
Volume: 22
Page Range: pp. 14-19
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2012 09:58
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:04

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