Can these be classified as fossils? Probably less than two thousand years old
These 'fossils' if they can be called fossils are 'Holocene' in age and were found in the muddy mounds left by a mechanical digger after a dyke was opened up. They were found at Holm Place farm, Halfway, on the Island. This is now an inland farm, but the sea did flood the area in ancient times when the area had several islands separated by 'fleets'. Fleets were wide areas of salt marsh and open water which have for the most part been reclaimed as farmland. Capel Fleet still survives between what were the Islands of Harty and Elmley. The concretions above contain the remains of modern crabs, the shore crab Carcinus maenas. There are also cockles embedded in the concretions. Loose cockle shells can still be found eroding from the muddy mounds.
The area where the concretions were found in the mounds of silt accumulations after the dykes were opened up by dredging.
Possibly a fox or dog jaw bone in a very hard concretion found in context with the crabs
These cockle shells were found in association with the 'fossil' concretions figured above.
Dykes at Holm Place farm, Queenborough, where the 'swan mussel' flourishes in the dykes.
The swan mussel, Anodonta cygnea, is a large species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusc in the family Unionidae