Lions in Tower of London

Forgot to blog this when I first saw it yesterday; it's notable as I was there just last week (BBC):

Two lion skulls unearthed at the Tower of London have been dated to Medieval times, shedding light on the lost institution of the “Royal Menagerie”.

It also shows the relationship between England's early monarchs and the “king of beasts” was not just a symbolic one.

The lions may have been among the first to turn up in Northern Europe since the big cats went extinct in the region at the end of the last Ice Age.

It's pretty neat that after all this time, there's still archaeological discoveries to be made there. You can't take two steps in the Tower of London without tripping over something of historical relevance.


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