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BONE OF ‘SCOTLAND’S DODO’ UNEARTHED

BONE OF ‘SCOTLAND’S DODO’ UNEARTHED

A bone from Scotland’s extinct Great Auk, a species last seen in British waters on St Kilda in 1840, has been recovered at the Kirk Ness site, now known as North Berwick. This area was excavated between 1999 and 2006 during Message Matters’ client the Scottish Seabird Centre’s extension project.

The archaeological dig by Edinburgh-based Addyman Archaeology, and supported by Historic Scotland, revealed bones of butchered seals, fish and seabirds, including the bone of the Great Auk.

The upper arm bone (distal right humerus) of the flightless bird – best known as ‘Scotland’s Dodo’ – was unearthed at the entrance area of an early building and has been radio carbon dated to the 5th to 7th centuries.

You can hear more about it from Saturday’s BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074hjr

You can also read more about it on the front page of today’s The Herald: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/great-auk-was-on-the-menu.24189576