University archaeologists start Tregaron elephant dig

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Archaeologists having started digging up a pub beer garden in search of a legendary Victorian circus elephant.

The Tregaron Elephant has long had its place in local folklore, and is thought to have been buried behind the town's Talbot Hotel after dying on tour.

The small-scale excavation started on Saturday morning and the hunt for clues about the animal's final resting place will continue until next Thursday.

About 10 people from the University of Wales Trinity St David are taking part.

The elephant was said to have fallen ill after drinking contaminated water in the Ceredigion town in 1848.

It is believed to have been part of Batty's Travelling Menageries, a circus troupe which entertained widely in the area that year....

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