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HER Number MWB21432
Record Type Find Spot
Name Near Newbury goods station cemetery - unknown exact location

Grid Reference SU 475 668
Map Sheet SU46NE
Parish Newbury, West Berkshire
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Leg bone of a huge prehistoric ox as well as a deer bone and reindeer antler found in 1888 deep in gravel deposits

Monument Type(s):

  • FINDSPOT (Upper Palaeolithic to Late Mesolithic - 40000 BC? to 4001 BC?)

Full Description

A tibia of a gigantic prehistoric ox was discovered in 1888, at a depth of between 18 and 20 feet in gravel at the goods stations in Newbury <1>. It was found associated with pieces of shed antler considered to be reindeer, and also a piece of a leg bone of another species of deer. The findspot was said to be adjacent to the site of the Romano-British cemetery, also discovered when ballast was removed thirty years earlier. The animal remains were reported to be owned by the station master.

Sources and further reading

<01>Newbury Advertiser. 1888. One Hundred Years Ago. [Article in serial / SWB13169]

Related Monuments

MWB5406Newbury Station goods yard - Roman cemetery (Monument)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

  • None recorded