Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rabbit hole

Less than 200 yards (183 m) from Land's End in Cornwall, England, a treasure trove has been revealed by rabbits. As they dug their burrows, the earth they threw out contained arrow heads, flint tools, and hide scrapers dating back to the Neolithic Age. The scale of the site is not yet known, but there is speculation that it has been used to bury important community members over the last 8,000 years because of its stunning views. The bunnies have been as curious about the archaeologists as the archaeologists have been about what lies beneath the ground. Managing director Dean Paton of Big Heritage will lead a team in excavating the site over the next 2 years and exclaims, "A family of rabbits have just rewritten the history books.”

Please note that I have illustrated this post with a hare rather than a rabbit – a 1502 watercolor by German artist Albrecht Dürer – but you can learn about the differences between the animals here.

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