“Horace the Elk”, by Ben Edwards
In 1970 the complete 13000-year-old skeleton of an elk, showing damage from hunting by humans, and with two associated man-made harpoons, was discovered in High Furlong, Carleton, in Poulton-le-Fylde.
County Archaeologist (and LAS co-founder) Ben Edwards became involved in the excavation, research and subsequent publication of the find in the Transactions of the Prehistoric Society. In addition Ben produced his own hypothesis of the life and death of the animal, in the form of a story with illustrations – “The Story of the High Furlong Elk”.
The LAS has recently republished the booklet under the title “Horace the Elk”, with additional information and analysis not available at the time of the original publication. It is available from the society at the price of £2.00 per copy to cover p&p. To order your copy(ies) please send your cheque, made out to Lancashire Archaeological Society, to Hon Sec LAS, 12A Carleton Avenue, Fulwood, Preston, Lancs PR2 6YA.
Exploring Antiquities and Archaeology in the North West: Essays in commemoration of the life and work of Ben Edwards
The Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society has published a volume of essays dedicated to Ben. The volume, priced £25, can be obtained by ordering from the CWAAS website, or you can download the flyer here