Thirteen-year-old Archie Wood, his dad and granddad were all out for a walk on the beach at Bexhill-on-Sea, a pleasant resort town on the south coast of England, overlooking the English Channel. Archie had his new metal detector with him. However, what he found that day wasn’t metallic – and yet it was astonishing.
Archie had spotted a peculiar shape protruding from the beach. His granddad, Neil Wood, subsequently told the Bexhill-on-Sea Observer, “He was so excited, he couldn’t believe what he was digging up. He saw it sticking out the sand, he pulled out this enormous tusk.”
But Archie’s dad, who was doing a bit of fishing from the beach at Bexhill, wasn’t so sure that this find was anything special. In fact, he thought that it was just an old bit of rotting wood and advised his son to chuck it back in the sea.