Massive 4,000-year-old mammoth tooth unearthed in Dover could have been worshipped by ancient humans

Mail Online | 11/7/2017 | Harry Pettit For Mailonline
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A massive mammoth tooth has been unearthed in Dover.

Experts have suggested the tooth washed into the docks from the ocean, but it may have been a sacred item placed there by prehistoric humans.

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It is not clear how old the tooth is, but the last mammoths to have walked in Britain lived over 14,000 years ago.

The final living mammoths wandered the tundra of Siberia before our human ancestors likely hunted them into extinction around 4,000 years ago.

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The prehistoric find was dug up during excavations for a regeneration of the Kent town's waterfront and docks.

It was excavated by experts at Archaeology South-East (ASE), a Brighton-based independent firm attached to University College London.

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The team have taken the tooth for further research to determine its age and origins.

Josie Sinden, a conservation officer for the Port of Dover, said: 'It's not clear how the tusk ended up in Dover, but some suggestions include it washing down the River Dour, washing up on the beach, used as some sort of structure by previous inhabitants, or even purposely placed as a sacred item.

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'The ferry services operating between Dover and France are sometimes referred to as providing a sort of land bridge.

'The mammoth tooth illustrates the fact the UK was once connected by land to the rest of the near...
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