When it comes to discovering buried treasure, I think it is relatively safe to say that rabbits aren’t exactly the first thing that come to mind. Pirates, perhaps, or even a niffler (Harry Potter reference, if you know, you know), but normally speaking, not rabbits.
That is, until I came across an article from The Good News Network by Andy Corbley.
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“Alone on the windswept island Skokholm, wardens have found Stone Age tools and a pottery shard from an unlikely survey plot—down a rabbit burrow.
“The finds date to 3,750—9,000 years ago, and include tools for making seal hide clothes and boats and the shard of a funerary urn, suggesting the small island could have been used for ritual burial.
“Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle, the only humans on the island since COVID-19 arrived, discovered the first of two ‘bevelled pebbles’ outside of a burrow where, rather than tomb-robbers or artifact hunters, it had been dug up from the ground by the island’s rabbits as they strove to make their underground home.
“Similar examples from west Wales dated to about 2,100 and 1,750 BCE, or around 3,750 years ago.
“Situated two miles off the coast of Pembrokeshire, in Wales, the island of Skokholm, meaning ‘wooded island’ in the language of the Norse peoples who settled it in the Viking Age, is just one-mile long and a half mile across at the widest point,” the article explains.
Personally, I cannot imagine how thrilling it would be to make a discovery similar to this one, and I’ve always enjoyed reading about such fascinating and historical finds. It would be life-changing, in a way. But then again, I think it is safe to say the rabbits get full credit in this particular instance.