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The Kenningtons Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth (in the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada).

Woolly Mammoth (in the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada).

The next talk, on Monday, 27 June, is entitled The Kenningtons Mammoth. Our Speaker is Susan Yates who is Chairman of Thurrock Historical Society.

She was only a schoolgirl when, in July 1964, bones of a woolly mammoth were found by an amateur geologist, John Hesketh, in a field off Sandy Lane, Aveley, whilst Tunnel Cement were excavating their clay quarry.

It was a unique find, the only one in western Europe, an almost complete skeleton. It would have been about 12ft high, weighing 7 tons, and had 1½ curly tusks which grow to 15ft long, and would have lived in a cold climate.

Please do join us to learn more about this discovery. Visitors are very welcome; the entrance fee for non-members is £2.50. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about meeting times and how to find us, click here.

Jackie Raggett

Image by Flying Puffin (Mammut Uploaded by FunkMonk) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.