The Foxearth and District Local History Society

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

The Foxearth Skeleton

As mysteries go, the Foxearth Skeleton does not rank very high, I'm afraid. It is amusing to read about only as an illustration of how much more we can glean from the discovery of ancient human remains nowadays.

The Foxearth Skeleton was found on the edge of the Stour Valley between Liston and Foxearth, at Weston, during gravel workings in around 1905

The skull was submitted the skull to Prof. Charles Stewart, F.R.S., of the College of Surgeons, who pronounced it to be a fine specimen, probably very old. Later, he wrote expressing the opinion that it was "Ancient British". This must rank high in anyone's list of fatuous opinions.

Later on, most of the rest of the skeleton was found and excavated. Unfortunately there was no dating evidence. However, the excavator was sensible enough to present 'the skeleton to the Essex Museum of Natural History, so that it may be preserved for future study by some competent craniologist', an unsbtle dig at the competence of Prof. Charles Stewart, F.R.S. Somewhere in a museum probably lies a box that just might tell us the date of this burial, and thereby shed a bit more light on our local history.



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