Rare British Upper Lias, Lower Jurassic, Ammonite “Snakestone”, or “St. Hilda Stone” from Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. (SKU A0310):- Dactylioceras commune

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Rare British Upper Lias, Lower Jurassic, Ammonite “Snakestone”, or “St. Hilda Stone” from Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. (SKU A0310):- Dactylioceras commune

A very good double sided prepped example of this whitby ammonite that has a snakes head carved at the aperture. These snake stones are steeped in fossil folklore. Legend has it that when st. Hilda took up residency within whitby abbey that she found it infested with snakes. Legend has it the she cast a spell over the snakes and turned them to stone after which she cut their heads off and threw them over the cliff edge. This is apparently why you find so many of these “snake stones” on the beaches around whitby. Artisans would then carve the heads back on the snake stones and sell them to pilgrims as they are regarded as lucky charms. This practise is still occurring today in my shop in whitby. Here is a snake stone carved from the remains of a dactylioceras ammonite. Comes in a high quality box for display and with a species/locality label. Fossil Found:- Commune Subzone, Bifrons Zone, Upper Lias, Lower Jurassic, Kettleness, Nr. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. Age:- 200 Million Years Old. Size of Ammonite = 4.4 cm (1.75 inches) in diameter.

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