Rabbits and the Mesolithic

7 February 2014

The Independent newspaper and various other sources such as the BBC are reporting that rabbits digging holes near Lands End have unearthed a treasure trove of archaeology – including Mesolithic stone tools, Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, and so on – going back some 8000 years. At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/8000-year-old-stone… …The news release appears to have got mixed up, describing the stone tools as Neolithic, but other than that all reports seem to agree. The commenters at the Independent link seem more concerned with the bunnies rather than the archaeology – which must say more about their readership than anything else. The date of 8000 years ago is interesting as it is at the cusp of the 6200-6000BC event. Prior to 8000 years ago Lands End will not have been anywhere near lands end as the continental shelf for miles around was dry ground and Cornwall was probably still linked to the Scillies. Hnece, as excavations take place some very interesting information may emerge, for catastrophists at large, information that may tie in with the Mesolithic site at the bottom of Bouldnor Cliff in the Solent (which was dry land at that time).

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