8,000-year-old stone tools unearthed... by rabbits

A family of rabbits have dug up a “gold mine” of 8,000-year-old buried treasure near Land’s End. Archaeologists told yesterday how burrowing bunnies unearthed arrow heads, flint tools and hide scrapers ­­­­­­dating back to the neolithic age.

8,000-year-old stone tools unearthed... by rabbits
Among the items brought to the surface by the family of rabbits
were these Neolithic flint tools [Credit: Mirror]
It led to the discovery of a neolithic – or stone age – cemetery, bronze age burial mounds and an iron age hill fort within 200 yards of the ­ Cornish landmark.

Team leader Dean Paton, 30, said: “It seems important people have been buried here for ­thousands of years – probably because of the stunning views. It’s a million-to-one chance rabbits should make such an astounding find.

8,000-year-old stone tools unearthed... by rabbits
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 [Credit: Mirror]
“They dug two little burrows right next to each other and all these ­treasures were thrown out of the earth. No one knows the scale of it but it’s a gold-mine. A family of rabbits have just rewritten the history books.”

A team from Big Heritage, based in the Wirral, are to spend up to two years excavating the 150-acre site.

Dean added: “The bunnies are quite nosy and come out to see what we are doing.”

Big Heritage now plans to create an “archaeobunnies” ­children’s trail at Land’s End.

Source: Mirror [February 03, 2014]

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