Rabbits uncover 8,000 year old "gold mine" near Land's End


Blackleaf
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A family of rabbits are unwitting archaeologists after uncovering what is believed to be a Neolithic complex near Land's End in Cornwall.

The burrowing Lagomorpha uncovered arrowheads and flint tools which were found in their freshly dug network of warrens.

Although a formal dig of the 150-acre area is yet to begin, initial analysis suggests there could be a large Neolithic cemetery, Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hill fort buried there.

Archaeologists now plan a full excavation of the site.

Land's End (Pedn an Wlas in Cornish), the most westerly point of mainland England, has been an important human burial site for thousands of years.


Family of rabbits uncover 8,000-year-old archaeological 'gold mine' near Land's End


Rabbits kicked ancient artifacts into the air while digging their burrows

Archaeologists now think there may be a Stone Age cemetery on the site

Team will now spend two years excavating the archeological 'gold mine'

By John Hall
3 February 2014
Daily Mail



A family of rabbits are believed to be responsible for unearthing an 8,000-year-old archaeological 'gold mine' near Land's End.

A haul of Stone Age arrow heads and flint tools found in a freshly dug network of rabbit warrens less than 200 yards from the Cornish landmark has led archaeologists to plan a full excavation of the site.

Although a formal dig of the 150-acre area is yet to begin, initial analysis suggests there could be a large Neolithic cemetery, Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hill fort buried there.


Treasure: A family of rabbits are believed to be responsible for unearthing an 8,000-year-old archeological 'gold mine' near Land's End








Artifacts: Among the items brought to the surface by the family of rabbits were these Neolithic flint tools


Land's End has long been considered an area of historical interest as the spectacular views have led to a disproportionately large number of important people being buried there over several thousand years.

Although there are a number of important archeological sites in the local area, the latest Land's End dig will almost certainly be the first prompted by a family of rabbits.

The excavation of the site will be managed by a team from Wirral-based archaeologists Big Heritage.

Team leader Dean Paton, 30, told the Mirror: 'It seems important people have been buried here for thousands of years - probably because of the stunning views. [But] it's a million-to-one chance rabbits should make such an astounding find.'


Land's End has long been considered an area of historical interest. Big Heritage now plan to spend the next two years excavating the site

Mr Paton says the rabbits dug two small burrows right next to each, dragging a number of historical artifacts to the surface as they did so.

He added: 'No one knows the scale of it, but it's a gold mine. A family of rabbits has just rewritten the history books.'

Big Heritage now plan to spend the next two years excavating the site.

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EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

He added: 'No one knows the scale of it, but it's a gold mine. A family of rabbits has just rewritten the history books.'

It will no doubt be more accurate if the Brits let the rabbits do it.

 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

It will no doubt be more accurate if the Brits let the rabbits do it.


Rabbits do it in land's end.
 
Goober
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Does not surprise me about Brits, making all those rabbits homeless. What about their share of the goods.
 
lone wolf
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A rabbit with the habit saw my garden and he nabbed it....

Looks like they like arrowheads too....
 
darkbeaver
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Speaking of goods show us the gold.
 
lone wolf
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What do rabbits care about gold? It's Carats they're after....

B Bunny
 
darkbeaver
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The gold plug gets a lot of hits I bet. Gold and bunnies, you can't lose, funding mushrooms, white coated experts get to play outdoors all summer, again.