In July 1970, the almost-complete skeleton of a Stone Age elk was found during building work on a new house on Blackpool Old Road. The skeleton is around 13,500 years old and is particularly important, as barbs were found embedded in its bones – the earliest evidence of hunters this far north. The site of the famous discovery had been the edge of a lake, where the elk is thought to have drowned. The ‘Poulton Elk’ is now on display in the Harris Museum, in nearby Preston.
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