Stories from Discover Preston

The Poulton Elk

The Poulton Elk

Evidence of some of the earliest evidence of settlers in this area, found under a bungalow!

The impressively complete elk skeleton on display in Discover Preston was found by accident in July 1970, when John Devine demolished an old bungalow to begin work on a new family home. 

The skull and a broken antler were spotted one afternoon while John was preparing the new foundations with his digger. In the days that followed, his neighbour Tony Scholey began to assemble the bones, helped by his friend Jim Audus, a member of Poulton Historical Society. They were cleaning the bones when they made a remarkable discovery – a curious carved object which appeared to be man-made. 

News spread and archaeologists came to recover and record any bones still in the ground. On 12 August they revealed the rear leg bones and discovered a second object carved from bone, similar to the first. These were barbed points made by ancient hunters – the earliest evidence of people in north-west England.

How old is the Elk? Using the latest technology available, we have been to determine that the Poulton Elk is around 13,500 years old.

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