In 1924 the grave of a King who died around 40 A.D. near Lexden in the U.K. was found along with various artifacts. Among them were two figurines which appeared to represent creatures which science claims both lived and died millions of years before man came on the scene. Maybe not so much.
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"The largest round barrow at Lexden near Colchester was excavated by archaeologists in 1924 and was found to contain the burial of an high status individual, the skeleton of a man "wearing mail armour and a cloth of gold", along with several other interesting artefacts including a bronze table.
It is thought to be the grave of the Catuvellaunian king Cunobelinus who died c.40 AD, this belief being due to local folklore as legend would have it "he was buried with a suit of armour and table fashioned out of gold". As many of the grave objects recovered were Roman - they could be dated – so it would appear that this is indeed the grave of king Cunobelinus (or Cymbeline). The Old King Coel (or Cole), of nursery rhyme and myth.
The round barrow at Lexden stood amongst the Iron Age dykes that were the defences of the town of Camulodunun. Inside the burial mound lay a vault approximately 2m depth 8m square, it contained the remains of cremated bones of an adult male and female.
The Romanised artefacts found with this burial are considered to be one of the most important collections in British Iron Age history.
The grave goods are as follows: bronze figurines of Cupid, a wild boar, a bull & a griffin, several ornaments, fittings, decorative sheeting, (thought to belong to an oak chest, that has now perished), a pedestal, and what is thought to be a lamp stand, a wooden box and a casket, a Bronze Age Palstave axe wrapped in cloth; which when buried was already over a thousand years old, plus gold chainmail, complete with buckles, hinges and studs made from silver, decorative silver mounts shaped like corn stems, trefoils & bars, a silver medallion with a bust of Augustus, gold tissue, stitched pieces of leather, a number of iron fittings and nails, the remains of a folding chair, (similar to the one found in Bartlow, Barrow IV, in Cambridgeshire) pieces of broken pot & amphora sherds.
Sadly this barrow had been ransacked over the years and many artefacts were either broken, or completely destroyed and without doubt some of the most valuable objects have long since been removed.
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On the top left is the Lexden figurine from 40 A.D. The other three pictures are current artist renderings from fossils of Dinohyus, now Daeodon.
The current drawings are remarkably similar to the almost two thousand year old Lexden sculpture leaving little doubt what animal is being represented--a creature thought by science to have been extinct for millions of years.
This herbivore (it ate plants, including roots) had a long skull (over 1 m = 3 feet long), a small braincase, a pair of knob-like protrusions on the back of the lower jaw (in the cheek area), blunt incisors, and wide, strong canine teeth. Its long legs probably made it a fast runner.
The neck was short and stout and there was a hump on the shoulders formed by spines along the backbone.
It was about 6 feet (2 m) tall at the shoulders and was the biggest and among the last of the Entelodonts. Fossils have been found in western North America (including Battle Creek, South Dakota, USA).
Classification: Class Mammalia (mammals), Order Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates), Family Entelodontidae (large, pig-like mammals from the Oligocene to early Miocene, including Archaeotherium, Megachoerus, Dinohyus, Entelodon and Eoentelodon), Genus Dinohyus.... Enchanted Learning
"extinct genus of giant piglike mammals found as fossils in deposits of early Miocene age in North America (the Miocene Epoch occurred 23.7 to 5.3 million years ago).
Dinohyus is the last and largest of a group of mammals called entelodonts, an early offshoot of the primitive swine stock. As large as a bison, it stood at least 2 m (6 feet) tall at the shoulder;"..... Encyclopedia Brittanica
Along with the very accurate sculptural depiction of Dinohyus/Daeodon, there is another figurine of interest. Although in both cases we're dealing with photos of only medium resolution, it appears that a now extinct elephant of a type scientists call an evolutionary ancestor of the modern elephant is also depicted. It has a much shorter trunk and is more slender and flexible than so-called modern elephants.
A problem with identification here is that generally, the trunk, because it is soft tissue, is not preserved and so their trunks are drawn with underlying evolutionary assumptions about lineage. If it is in fact an elephant like paleomastodon or Moeritherium, we would submit that it is simply another variety of the elephant family rather than an evolutionary precursor.
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