Exciting Finds at Whitehawk Allotment

Jane, one of the Museum volunteers, came into the Museum wanting to know what these unusual spherical flint-like objects were – found on her Whitehawk allotment.

fossilised sponges
fossilised sponges

Having discussed whether they could be slingshots, John Cooper, Keeper at the Booth, spotted that they were fossilised sponges from the cretaceous period (Porosphaera globularis) and that the more complex, angular shaped ones could be pretty rare.

These will go into the Booth collections, but it would be great if we could find more during the dig!

Andy Maxted, Curator (Collections Projects)



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