Elk Antler, subfossil - Alces

This elk antler was excavated near Methven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland in the summer of 1801. It was discovered at a depth of seven and a half feet below the surface in a marl clay pit. At first it was put on display in Methven Castle until it was given to Perth Museum & Art Gallery in 1922. Fossil remains such as this from the last ice age are the evidence for elk formerly living in Britain. They died out due to hunting and climate change. Today elk are found in the coniferous forests of Northern continental Europe and North America.

  • Material/Medium: Sub-fossil
  • Date: 1801 (collected)
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  • Accession number: 1981.922
  • Category: Natural HIstory
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