Preston Dock Bronze Age Site Finds, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 7.1.18.
The building of Preston Dock in the 1880′s revealed possibly the largest find of human and animal skulls and bones in the UK. Hundreds of human and animal remains were discovered, together with two dug out canoes, a bronze spearhead and an unusual ‘lake dwelling’ with a brushwood floor covering.
Sadly archaeological processes of the time mean that crucial information is no longer available to us to find out more but many of the skulls and artefacts are on display in the museum. Skulls include those of aurochs, red deer, sheep, whale and horses. Carbon dating of the auroch skulls reveal them to be between 3000 and 5000 years old.
The twenty three human skulls found at the site are spread across a much wider time span and may be the result of bodies being displaced by a water course or a ritual process. Eight were carbon dated and found to be from anywhere between 1,000 to 6,000 years old. Five of the eight are Neolithic or Stone Age, one was from the Bronze Age, another was Romano-British and the last from the Anglo-Saxon period.