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12 September 2003
Iron Age skull found in English garden

A family in North Shields in north-eastern England uncovered a human skull while gardening. Carmel Healy was with her nephew digging in the back garden in Kirklinton Road, when he lifted the skull out of the ground on his fork.
     The police were called, and the skull - christened Yoric by the family - was taken to a specialist forensic lab in Bradford, where tests revealed it belonged to a middle-aged man from the Iron Age. It is believed that the Marden estate on which the family live was built on the site of an Iron Age village following an archaeological dig in the 1950s.
     Following further tests, the skull is expected to be taken to the Museum of Antiquities at Newcastle University.

Source: Evening Chronicle (5 September 2003)

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