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.
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.