rabbits far from being morons… In Wales, the small island of Skokholm has recently learned new things about its history thanks to the incredible discovery of rabbits. They unearthed two strange cut pebbles and fragments of terracotta while digging new burrows. The two keepers and bird watchers of the island, located off the coast of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, have handed over the objects to the National Museum for Wales, reports Le Figaro. So what is it exactly? Fragments of prehistoric objects, dating back 9,000 years, to the time of the Late Mesolithic and the Bronze Age.
British archaeologists were quick to study this discovery in more depth, it is so intriguing. The two bevelled pebbles date from the Mesolithic period according to experts. At the time, they were used as tools for cutting and trimming seal skins, intended to cover boats, but also to prepare seashells, said prehistorian Andrew David in a statement from the Wildlife Trust of South-West Wales (WTSWW ).
3,700-year-old cremation urn discovered
The terracotta fragments dating from the Bronze Age – around 3,700 years ago – come from a thick-walled pottery, decorated on the neck, and which probably served as a funeral urn, according to Jody Deacon, curator of the National Museum.
These objects are quite simply the witnesses of the oldest human traces of the island of Skokholm. “It seems that we have there an Old Bronze mound, built on a site of hunter-gatherers of the middle of the Stone Age, damaged by rabbits”, also explained Toby Driver of the royal committee of the ancient and historical monuments to the Wales. “It is clear that the island was inhabited millennia ago. “