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My new mummified deer.

My new mummified deer.

The dead garden is getting a bit empty.

The dead garden is getting a bit empty.

Great spot for lunch.

Great spot for lunch.

Found this poor dude on the way home from the shops. Will be going back at the weekend to collect the head.

Found this poor dude on the way home from the shops. Will be going back at the weekend to collect the head.

Hi, I just saw your post on the Thames finds and was curious about your collection method. Were they all surface finds or did you have to dig around a bit? If it's the latter, you do need a permit from the Port of London Authority (who considers even scratching the ground surface "digging") to be out collecting. The PLA also has areas where no collecting is allowed, so you might want to check out their website if you haven't already. (Please ignore this if you do have the proper permit already).

Anonymous

Hiya! Thanks for your concern.

This was my first time collecting from along the Thames shore. I was with a group of bone collectors from tumblr, many of whom have been many times before. We were along the shore by The Globe and I’ve been told that collecting is allowed in this area.

We found that the shore under the bridges was particularly good for finding small pieces of bone and the rest of the shore was great for the larger pieces.

I think if I lived in London and was down the Thames shore regularly (and had the money) then I’m sure I’d get a permit for a year, to allow digging as I’m sure you’d be able to find loads of great bones.

If you ever visit London be sure to pop along the south bank of the River Thames for some 100 year old bones.

I think the tooth once belonged to a horse. It’s bigger than Daisy and Doris’s teeth and is probably my favorite find from the trip.

If you ever visit London be sure to pop along the south bank of the River Thames for some 100 year old bones.

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I think the tooth once belonged to a horse. It’s bigger than Daisy and Doris’s teeth and is probably my favorite find from the trip.

The first bag of Thames finds are all washed and drying.

The first bag of Thames finds are all washed and drying.

mydeadthingsdiary:

I love this boy so much! I never thought I would be able to afford a near perfect ungulate with horns but sittaeuropaea traded me this beauty (for way too little omg). He didn’t come with a name, and I will take time to find a good one for him :)
Prepare yourselves for a lot of photos of him … he’s just so photogenic I can’t resist! I will space them out tho :P 
So, here’s scottish sheepy boy with my silver fox and blue arctic fox stoles ~

mydeadthingsdiary:

I love this boy so much! I never thought I would be able to afford a near perfect ungulate with horns but sittaeuropaea traded me this beauty (for way too little omg). He didn’t come with a name, and I will take time to find a good one for him :)

Prepare yourselves for a lot of photos of him … he’s just so photogenic I can’t resist! I will space them out tho :P 

So, here’s scottish sheepy boy with my silver fox and blue arctic fox stoles ~

Jul 7
Lesser Black-backed Gull skull and foot.
These belong to a bird that I found on Horse Island while surveying the breeding birds. The bird had been ringed (banded) so I reported the number and got some details about the bird. 
It was ringed as a nestling of unknown sex on the 1st of July 2006 on Horse Island, making it about 8 years old. It was found 2883 days after it was ringed. The gull wasn’t particularly old as they can live into their 30s but it was great to get some information about the bird as so often you don’t know anything about the dead animal you find.

Lesser Black-backed Gull skull and foot.
These belong to a bird that I found on Horse Island while surveying the breeding birds. The bird had been ringed (banded) so I reported the number and got some details about the bird. It was ringed as a nestling of unknown sex on the 1st of July 2006 on Horse Island, making it about 8 years old. It was found 2883 days after it was ringed. The gull wasn’t particularly old as they can live into their 30s but it was great to get some information about the bird as so often you don’t know anything about the dead animal you find.

Jul 3
The mammals are taking over my cabinet.

The mammals are taking over my cabinet.