'Indiana Jones' discovery at Land's End archaeology dig

'Indiana Jones' find at Land's End archaeology dig

'Indiana Jones' find at Land's End archaeology dig

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A day of digging by three expert archaeologists has unearthed more than 60 objects from a one-metre square excavation at Land’s End.

In February the wild rabbits at Land’s End accidentally uncovered a collection of flint scrapers and arrowheads while burrowing their warrens.

This discovery prompted Land’s End to commission a thorough archaeological investigation of their land and now the finds discovered and compiled by Big Heritage UK have revealed some further startling results.

Evidence of an iron-age hill fort, a bronze-age barrow cemetery, a Neolithic passage grave and more, all compiled in the report, has been further compounded by a plethora of ancient objects unearthed in the course of a one day dig at the British landmark.

The Big Heritage team have now found Mesolithic stone hammers, arrow heads, scrapers and waste from a flint tool-making factory during their preliminary one-day excavation at the site.

Dean Paton, lead archaeologist for Big Heritage, said: “We discovered more prehistoric tools in just one square metre of Land’s End than in countless other sites combined. We've found about 60 flint tools and two stone hammers and they are stunningly beautiful.

"I'm lost for words – it almost sounds like something out of an Indiana Jones film."

In the present time, more than 400,000 visitors journey to Land’s End every year and these latest discoveries show people have actually been travelling to the westernmost point of Cornwall for 10,000 years or more.

Alice Reynolds, marketing manager for Land’s End, said: “We are delighted by these latest finds and very grateful to both Big Heritage and the Land’s End bunnies for helping us uncover our ancient history.

“Land’s End will be working in partnership with Big Heritage over the next few years to carry out further investigation onsite to preserve and present Land’s End discoveries for future generations.”

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