A religious stone artefact has been discovered at low tide on a Skegness beach.
The small carved object was found in the sand by a member of the public who reported it to Lincolnshire County Council.
Dr Adam Daubney, the authority’s finds liaison officer, extensively researched the artefact and was able to identify it as Hindu shivling - a representation of the Hindu god Shiva.
“Although this was a modern object, I wanted to know more about it, particularly why it might have been put into the sea,” said Dr Daubney. “So I contacted the Hindu Cultural Society in Grimsby to see if they could shed any light on it, and to discuss what should happen to this and other similar finds.”
The society invited him to attend one of their services, where they shared their thoughts on the story behind the shivling.
A spokesperson from the Hindu Cultural Society said: “Although we don’t know exactly why it was put in the sea, one of our members has a theory.
“Shivlings are used in personal shrines at home. If the owner was unable to continue to worship the shivling and carry out all the required duties for some reason, they’d need to dispose of it appropriately.
“Hindu custom forbids the destruction of shivlings, so the owner may have put it in the sea as a way of letting the gods take care of it.”
Dr Daubney added: “Should someone find a shivling, they have a duty to ensure its continued worship. In this instance, the finder has kindly agreed to give the item to the society, who have placed it in their temple.
“I’d encourage anyone who discovers anything similar to report it to me, so I can find it a suitable home as well.”
Anyone who discovers a potential artefact should contact Dr Adam Daubney by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.