Iron-age hill fort and bronze-age cemetery among discoveries thanks to rabbits digging at Land's End (From Falmouth Packet)
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Iron-age hill fort and bronze-age cemetery among discoveries thanks to rabbits digging at Land's End
7:00am Thursday 29th May 2014 in News
A day of digging undertaken by three expert archaeologists has unearthed over sixty objects from a one-metre square excavation at Land’s End, after the site was uncovered by digging rabbits.
In February, the wild rabbits at Land’s End accidentally uncovered a collection of flint scrapers and arrowheads while burrowing their warrens.
The 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 evidence of an iron-age hill fort, a bronze-age barrow cemetery and a Neolithic passage grave.
A "plethora" of ancient objects have also been unearthed during the one day dig, with the Big Heritage team finding Mesolithic stone hammers, arrow heads, scrapers and waste from flint tool-making.
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, over 400,000 visitors journey to Land’s End every year and these latest discoveries evidence the fact that people have actually been travelling to the westernmost point of Cornwall for ten thousand years or more.
Alice Reynolds, from 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."