The Auroch Skull of 1877

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The sub-fossilised skull of an auroch (Bos primigenius), was found in 1877 during the major work on the foot of Basford Bank, Stoke-on-Trent, during which there was filling and levelling work done around the adjacent banks of the Fowlea Brook and the Etruria train station. Aurochs were giant wild cattle, which survived in Britain into the Roman period but which are now extinct. The skull was found… “buried 16 feet down in black clay, whilst making alterations to the course of the Foulhay [Fowlea] Brook near Etruria in Stoke-on-Trent.” Currently in the care of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

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One comment on “The Auroch Skull of 1877

  1. […] out there, who according to my cursory searches appear to think it was a Grendel-like monster or a wild auroch (extinct type of wild […]

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