Human bones washed up at Margate and Sandwich Bay could be from shipwrecks

The leg bone washed up at Sandwich Bay

Kent Police officers are carrying out enquiries after human bones were discovered on beaches in Sandwich and Margate.

The femur bones were found in Sandwich Bay on Tuesday 1 May and on the esplanade in Margate on Friday 4 May following the stormy weather at the end of April.

Tests are ongoing to determine the age of the bones, however they are not thought to be recent.

The discovery at Sandwich Bay was made by Tony Ovenden of the Thanet and Sandwich Coastal Finds facebook group.

Tony, who is also a Thanet coastal warden, found a leg bone (femur) which measures 43cm.

He believes the bone may be just one of the items that is being washed ashore from shipwrecks in waters off the bay.

He said: “About two years ago we started to get large ship timbers coming ashore. They had not been attached by marine borers so must have been buried deep in the sand for a long period of time.

“There is one part of the bay, near the Pegwell end, where the timbers are washing up and other shipwreck material. I have found a flagon dating to the 1700s, onion bottles, shoe leather and quite a few bones although you can’t tell if they are human. I knew the femur was human straight away.

“It is all in this particular area. I think the seabed has been disturbed or there is erosion and shipwrecks are being exposed.”

The bones are being carbon dated to determine their age and ‘history detectives’ from an archaeological society in Canterbury are carrying out examination.

There is nothing at this stage to suggest there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the finds.

Find the Thanet and Sandwich Coastal Finds page here

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  1. When there is a storm the sands shift, and bodies come ashore, this especially used to happen in whitstable, my tramps was born in 1916, his mother told him of the bones they found, she was born 1890

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