Mammoth event at Essex museum

PUBLISHED: 10:31 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 31 May 2010

New exhibit on mammoths.
Saffron Walden.
August 13, 2008.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Sarah with the mammoth's tusk.
Name: Sarah Kenyon (Natural Sciences Officer).

New exhibit on mammoths. Saffron Walden. August 13, 2008. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Sarah with the mammoth's tusk. Name: Sarah Kenyon (Natural Sciences Officer).

TRAVEL back more than 10,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age with a new exhibit at Saffron Walden Museum. The museum has just acquired a woolly mammoth tusk that was found in the permafrost of northern Siberia. Natural sciences officer Sarah Kenyon s

TRAVEL back more than 10,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age with a new exhibit at Saffron Walden Museum.

The museum has just acquired a woolly mammoth tusk that was found in the permafrost of northern Siberia.

Natural sciences officer Sarah Kenyon said: "The specimen superbly complements the museum's collection of local mammoth tusks, bones and teeth.

"In the same gallery visitors can see a tusk found in this area, excavated from a gravel pit on Little Walden Road in Saffron Walden during the 19th century."

The tusk is 142cm long and is probably from a young mammoth that died between 10,000 and 13,000 years ago.

It has undergone conservation and is on display until the end of the summer holidays, together with a sample of real Siberian mammoth hair which is on loan to the museum.

Frozen carcasses of mammoths have been emerging from the Siberian permafrost since the end of the last Ice Age. They are often in a remarkable state of preservation, complete with hair, skin and stomach contents. Most of what we know about the anatomy and life of mammoths has been obtained from the perfectly preserved specimens in Siberia.

Entry to the museum is free for children under 18 and £1 for adults and is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 2pm to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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