Mammoth discovery made as fossilised tooth potentially 14,000 years old found during excavation in Dover
PUBLISHED: 13:03 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 07 November 2017
The find was made by the team working on the Port of Dover’s Western Docks Revival project
A fossilised mammoth tooth, understood to be thousands of years old, has been unearthed in Dover.
The find was made during the excavation of the Wellington Dock Navigation Channel as part of ongoing work to revive the Western Docks at the Port of Dover - a multi-million-pound project which will create a purpose-built cargo and logistics facility.
It is not yet known how old the tooth is, but the last mammoths are believed to have walked in Britain over 14,000 years ago.
What happened to the mammoth still remains a mystery, but some believe that they were wiped out by an asteroid which sparked huge climate change. Other theories suggest human hunting was to blame.
Josie Sinden, conservation officer, Port of Dover said: “It’s not clear how the tooth 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.
“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 continent across which mammoths and other prehistoric creatures may have once roamed.”
Kristina Krawiec, senior archaeologist, at Archaeology South-East (ASE) added: “This mammoth find is one of a range of similar finds from the region.
“It will be subjected to scientific analysis as part of the ongoing archaeological works at the site.”