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#1 ZzBeekeeper

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 08:59 AM

I found a fossil in my garden.
I have no idea what it is.
Thought it was a strange shape stone and put it on one side.
A week later looked again and I think it may be a fossil.
You only have to dig a foot down and you hit thick clay in my garden.
I found it about 6 or 7 inches down in the clay.
I have been doing some research and found the clay in my garden come from the Cretaceous period.
Any Idea what it is??

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Any help would be great..

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 09:22 AM

Looks like a chert nodule or concretion; inorganic, I'm afraid.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 02:14 PM

It's a flint nodule from the local Chalk, not really a fossil although it may have formed along a burrow. It also possibly contains a fossil sponge, the photos are are too small to tell though.
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 02:15 PM

Looks like a chert nodule or concretion; inorganic, I'm afraid.


Yup. Otherwise known as flint.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 05:31 PM

That's what I thought at 1st.
But did not think you would get flint in clay.
Also the shape looks like a femur bone with the head that go's into the thigh.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 08:04 PM

Nature is tricky that way... ;)
Excellent pictures, by the way :)

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 09:40 AM

I would say it is a sponge, I have many similar.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 02:49 PM

Thank you all for your replies.
I did a search for fossil sponge flints and found load that look similar.
I am very pleased I found a fossil in my garden.
It will go on display next to my Stone Age flint toll I also found in my garden. :D

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:12 PM

Thank you all for your replies.
I did a search for fossil sponge flints and found load that look similar.
I am very pleased I found a fossil in my garden.
It will go on display next to my Stone Age flint toll I also found in my garden. :D

Can we have a picture of the tool? I have clay under my garden not far from where you are, I am interested. I too have fouund flint sponges in my garden.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 07:24 AM

I found this flint stone and put it in my bucket to stop the wind blowing it over.
It was when I was watching time team on TV about 2 years later.
When they found a flint stone that looked just like mine.
It was used for rubbing hides with fats and animals brains.
Unfortunately a quarter of it has Broken off.

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Picture of the top witch shows the broken bit.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 12:11 PM

It is very nice! Looks amazing! Do you have any pictures of what a whole one looks like? I am not an expert on flint things, so I cannot tell you much about it. I am sure others can on this forum!

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 05:32 PM

Stone tools come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from any type of stone.
It was just luck I did not throw this one away.

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