“You find a lot of interesting things working in a house with centuries of history, and you do develop a strong stomach over time, but we’ve never found a tooth before, so we’re just really interested to know where it came from and why it’s ended up in our attic.”
Rather than squeamishly hurling the obscure item out with the rest of the rubbish, in true National Trust style the tooth was catalogued and bagged for further investigation.
Angus Wainwright, the National Trust’s regional archaeologist, said: “We’ve found a lot of interesting things in the Blickling attics before, but this has got to be the weirdest.
“It’s a tooth in very bad condition indeed, so its owner would have been in a huge amount of pain. It’s got a massive hole in one side and cavities throughout.
“Without proper scientific dating we can’t say too much more about it, other than that it’s never been buried in the ground because you can see some of the red mush still present, so I’d say it was probably lost right here in the attics.