Mystery of human skull

PUBLISHED: 14:03 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

A HUMAN skull has been unearthed at Blackbury Camp. The beauty spot, near Seaton, yielded the gruesome bone last week. The partially buried skull was found by a woman walking her dog on April 2 and was situated within a small ring of stones.

A HUMAN skull has been unearthed at Blackbury Camp.The beauty spot, near Seaton, yielded the gruesome bone last week.The partially buried skull was found by a woman walking her dog on April 2 and was situated within a small ring of stones.The skull, confirmed as human, is believed to be from an older male and forensics are now trying to date it.Detective Inspector Dave Ledger, officer in charge of the investigation, said: "Police have no idea how it came to be there but are fairly sure it must have been placed there at some time, rather than the effects of weather and erosion revealing a once buried skull."The area where the skull was found is within woods an away from any worn path or track and the appearance of the skull and stones suggests it may have been there for months, if not years."The camp is not a burial site so it could be that a group has performed a ritual or ceremony there or maybe children found the skull and moved it to that location."The woman who made the discovery, who has asked not to be named, said she was surprised by the find and has not returned to the site since.She said: "I spotted what I thought was a really white stone, surrounded by a ring of white stones around it. When I got nearer, I tipped it with my foot and saw eye sockets."So, I knew straight away it was a human skull and was very surprised. I have no idea how it got there, it's a mystery. It would be nice to know who it was and what happened."One tooth was remaining, giving an indication of the time period. But it could be several weeks before forensics findings are known.Det Insp Ledger said the area was searched, but no other body parts were found. Anyone with information can call the police on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting police reference number 994 020404.

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