This Dad Thought They’d Found A Lump Of Wood In The Sand – But His Son Soon Guessed Its True Value

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But Archie was having none of that – he was determined to hang on to his discovery. And the story of his find then made its way into the local paper, with the tusk being identified as belonging to a pre-historic mammoth, which is a pretty exciting discovery in an English seaside town.

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That wasn’t the end of the story, however. A few months later Archie and his family paid a visit to the Isle of Wight. That’s an island in the English Channel, just a short distance out to sea from the port city of Portsmouth.

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In addition to its picturesque beauty, the Isle of Wight is well known for the large amount of fossils that its land yields. Indeed, it’s one of the most noted sites for dinosaur fossils in Europe. And this means that there are a number of facilities on the island that cater to visitors who have a fascination for fossils.

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