Mesolithic human tibia, plaster cast

R. F. Damon and Co (estab. 1850)
Circa 1900
Plaster cast of a partial human tibia from an incomplete skeleton of an adult male found in 1883 during the construction of new docks at Tilbury, Essex, on the north shore of the Thames. At the time the find stirred considerable interest due to its depth of nearly 10m, and anatomist Richard Owen thought it was likely to be paleolithic in age. However, radiocarbon dating has shown the skeleton dates from the late mesolithic, around 6,000 years BC. These casts were bought by the Anatomy Department in c.1909 to use as teaching specimens in classes on human anatomy and evolution.

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Circa 1900
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Accession number
inscriptions ▫ Tilbury tibia
other id/inscriptions ▫ 55
Object type
Harry Brookes Allen Museum Anatomy Category


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