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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 April, 2004, 08:18 GMT 09:18 UK
Teenager unearths ancient skull
Leiston Abbey
The skull was found during a dig at Leiston Abbey
A 500-year-old monk's skull has been found by a teenager during a dig at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk.

The discovery was made as a local youth group was excavating the site in a dig organised by Suffolk County Council.

Archaeologists say that the skull, which dates back to the 16th century, is an important local find.

Duncan Allen, from the county council's archaeology service, said it had really spurred on the youngsters to take an interest in local history.

Sutton Hoo

The discovery comes as Sutton Hoo is nominated for the title of Britain's Finest Treasure.

Famous artefacts found at the Anglo Saxon burial site are now housed in the British Museum.

The treasures will compete with nine others including the Magna Carta, the Domesday Book and the Crown Jewels.

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