Clegyr Boia Reconstruction

1942, The Senghenydd Crate

A VALUABLE FIND

The second specimen from The Senghenydd Crate was found in 1941 whilst Fox was excavating a Neolithic settlement in Clegyr Boia, Pembrokeshire.

In his notebook he recounts being “rudely awoken” by his assistant Tumpo, who entered singing and wearing a large curved bone as a hat. Returning to Tumpo’s discovery, Fox uncovered many more bones appearing to come from the same animal.

THE UGLIEST BIRD


As with the 1926 find, Fox’s papers are filled with sketches as he attempts to reconstruct what this “aesthetically displeasing beast” might have looked like. Fox conjectured that the Bull-Bird inhabited Wales during the last ice-age and fulfilled a similar ecological niche to a penguin or ostrich.

AND RETURN


Several bone fragments were also found within the Crate consistent with Fox’s description. In 2013 museum researchers returned to Clegyr Boia site and located several more similar fragments. Carbon dating suggests these bones date back to approximately 90,000 years BC.

RELATED EXHIBITS

Clegyr Boia Bone Fragment
Curved Horn
Dig Photograph 213
Dig Photograph 219
Tumpo's Coat & Trowel