Human skull found on UK beach may be from shipwreck victim

The remains of a human skull found on a UK beach could be hundreds of years old, authorities say.

The remains were found on a beach in Cornwall, England, according to a Cornish Council press release. Emily Stevenson, co-founder of an area environmental group called Beach Guardian, found the wreckage in early January while she was organizing a shoreline cleanup.

“The beach cleanup we organized that day was like any other, and I went as usual to look for plastic in the sand dunes. The dunes are a great place to discover old garbage, since the sand can preserve it perfectly for decades , only Now I really know that it is not plastic that is kept here!” he said she in the press release.

Skull remains in Cornwall

The find was investigated by Devon and Cornwall Police as well as Cornwall Council’s Strategic Historic Environment Team. The group determined that the remains were “historical in nature.”

Ann Reynolds, a senior officer with Cornwall Council’s Rural Historic Environment team, said in the press release that it was clear the skull “has been there for some time” and said it was possible the remains belonged to a victim of a “lost” wreck. many centuries ago and buried by the local population”.

Reynolds said similar remains were found in November 2022. However, those found in January are better preserved, because they were encased in sand. The remains found in November are also believed to have belonged to a shipwreck victim.

“Historic burials tend to turn up every two years or so, but two sets of remains turning up in two months is more unusual,” Reynolds said. “It serves as a reflection of the ever-changing coastline and the potential for more archaeological remains to be revealed, particularly at this time of year.”

Reynolds said the bones found in January would be excavated and analyzed for information such as the age of the bones and what the victim’s place of origin might have been.

In a press release announcing the November find of the wreckage, Cornwall Council said “it is not unusual to find such wreckage along the Cornish coast”, particularly after stormy weather and cliff falls. If people find bones or other remains on the beaches, they are advised to call the police immediately. The remains must not be touched or moved.


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