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Egg shell © 2000 The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester

Egg shell

Shell from a species of duck from Pin Hole. Age uncertain

During the excavation of Pin Hole, between 1924 and 1936, A.L. Armstrong found egg shells. The most complete of these were tentatively identified as mallard and shelduck. The age of these egg shells is unknown but if they are Pleistocene their survival would be remarkable.

It is unknown how the eggs came to be in the cave and a number of interpretations are possible. The ducks may have been nesting there or they may have been brought in by people. Wilfrid Jackson of The Manchester Museum, in a letter to Armstrong, joked that perhaps the cave's Palaeolithic occupants may '..have been fond of eggs on toast..'. Alternatively they may have been brought in by foxes and buried.

Glossary: Glacial, Ice Age, Interglacial, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene