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(History Channel)   Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of ancient artifacts dating back 5,000 years at one of England's top tourist attractions. And by "archaeologists," I mean rabbits   (history.com) divider line 42
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2014-02-04 07:19:02 AM  
Did they have huge pointy teeth?
 
2014-02-04 07:24:38 AM  
Since this is a History Channel link I assume there is a marketing tie in to Ancient Aliens.
 
2014-02-04 07:26:32 AM  
Soon to be an animated movie?
 
2014-02-04 07:28:05 AM  
Next, on The History Channel: Rabbits: Assholes or Nature's Archaeologists?
 
2014-02-04 07:34:07 AM  
Needs more Phil Harding.
 
2014-02-04 07:34:08 AM  
I bet anyplace you dig in Europe, you'll either find bones or an unexploded bomb.
 
2014-02-04 07:35:52 AM  
Mmmmm...delicious rabbits.....
 
2014-02-04 07:38:56 AM  
I knew I should have taken a left at Albuquerque.
 
2014-02-04 07:41:43 AM  
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/GIS can find ANYTHING, man...
 
2014-02-04 07:44:01 AM  

Deep Contact: I bet anyplace you dig in Europe, you'll either find bones or an unexploded bomb.


I like those odds!
 
2014-02-04 07:47:06 AM  
But did these little upstarts spend four bloody years at university?
 
2014-02-04 07:48:28 AM  
http://imgur.com/gallery/zZljS">http://imgur.com/gallery/zZljS
 
2014-02-04 07:50:07 AM  

Deep Contact: I bet anyplace you dig in Europe, you'll either find bones or an unexploded bomb.


Excluding the bombs, you can say that for just about anywhere in the world.  It's an old place, after all.  You'd be very hard pressed to find a chunk of inhabitable land where a person hasn't died at one point.  It's the specific and sanctified burial grounds you want to avoid building on, because bleeding walls and otherworldly wails of eternal anguish really brings down your property values.
 
2014-02-04 07:52:19 AM  
I hope to hear an announcement from their Bigwig to explain the findings.
 
2014-02-04 07:53:00 AM  
Pretty sure that Land's End is just the westernmost point of mainland England, and the westernmost point of Great Britain is somewhere in Scotland.
 
2014-02-04 07:53:30 AM  

Goodluckfox: http://imgur.com/gallery/zZljS">http://imgur.com/gallery/zZljS


I find it amusing that we complain about people trying to censor and dumb down sex and violence on TV but for some reason everyone makes a big deal out of Watership Down being gruesome and violent. It's not, It's just a nice film about rabbits being rabbits. They just take a handful of stills from a long film and try and make it look bad. It's still about fluffy cuddly bunnies that have an exciting adventure. It's like Lotr with rabbits, and without a ring.

I demand an end to what I'm calling Watership Down's Syndrome.
 
2014-02-04 07:54:11 AM  

Shadowknight: bleeding walls and otherworldly wails of eternal anguish really brings down your property values


Man...  For some reason, this comment reminds me of that time I was accidentally locked in a Stuckey's bathroom for four hours.
 
2014-02-04 07:54:32 AM  

Shadowknight: Deep Contact: I bet anyplace you dig in Europe, you'll either find bones or an unexploded bomb.

Excluding the bombs, you can say that for just about anywhere in the world.  It's an old place, after all.  You'd be very hard pressed to find a chunk of inhabitable land where a person hasn't died at one point.  It's the specific and sanctified burial grounds you want to avoid building on, because bleeding walls and otherworldly wails of eternal anguish really brings down your property values.


Property value as a residence. As a tourist destination following your turn on _GhostBotherers_, it's a quick sale at a tidy profit.
 
2014-02-04 07:54:33 AM  

pjc51: Pretty sure that Land's End is just the westernmost point of mainland England, and the westernmost point of Great Britain is somewhere in Scotland.


Specifically, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardnamurchan_Lighthouse
 
2014-02-04 07:55:41 AM  
You just know a story is going to be boring and light on facts when its topped with a stock photo.
 
2014-02-04 07:58:06 AM  

dionysusaur: Property value as a residence. As a tourist destination following your turn on _GhostBotherers_, it's a quick sale at a tidy profit.


You make a good point.  Those guys on the Sci-Fi channel would make it a destination for all sorts of geeky "spiritual" types for years to come.

Vodka Zombie: Shadowknight: bleeding walls and otherworldly wails of eternal anguish really brings down your property values

Man...  For some reason, this comment reminds me of that time I was accidentally locked in a Stuckey's bathroom for four hours.


Ew...
 
2014-02-04 07:58:28 AM  
With a helpful picture of what a rabbit might look like.
 
2014-02-04 08:00:00 AM  
Silly rabbit! Flints are for kids!
 
2014-02-04 08:02:46 AM  
Wait, 5,000 years ago?  So how did this stuff survive the flood?
 
2014-02-04 08:04:44 AM  
I thought they called them hares over there.
 
2014-02-04 08:05:59 AM  
So it was a good hare day?
 
2014-02-04 08:11:39 AM  

pjc51: pjc51: Pretty sure that Land's End is just the westernmost point of mainland England, and the westernmost point of Great Britain is somewhere in Scotland.

Specifically, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardnamurchan_Lighthouse


Not necessarily:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_points_of_the_United_Kingdom
 
2014-02-04 08:17:33 AM  
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That's not an archaeologist, my son. That's a stone-cold killer right there.
 
2014-02-04 08:17:46 AM  

Crewmannumber6: I thought they called them hares over there.


Rabbits are Rabbits, Hares are Hares. Different animals. (Jackrabbits are Hares not Rabbits)
 
2014-02-04 08:22:58 AM  

VladTheEmailer: Crewmannumber6: I thought they called them hares over there.

Rabbits are Rabbits, Hares are Hares. Different animals. (Jackrabbits are Hares not Rabbits)


And wererabbits are just right out...

www.entertainmentearth.com
 
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2014-02-04 08:24:29 AM  
Since this is fark and all, I'm gonna blame Bush.

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™ can't believe I saw this all the way from over in the politics tab
 
2014-02-04 08:31:53 AM  

Shadowknight:  It's the specific and sanctified burial grounds you want to avoid building on, because bleeding walls and otherworldly wails of eternal anguish really brings down your property values.


Always dig on someone else's property.
 
2014-02-04 08:33:09 AM  
Next up: Rabbits eradicated to protect archaeological site.
 
2014-02-04 08:48:05 AM  
I'm so glad they opted for a pic of a bunny, rather than any pics at all of the archeological finds.
 
2014-02-04 08:50:10 AM  

Deep Contact: I bet anyplace you dig in Europe, you'll either find bones or an unexploded bomb.


Pretty much. I used to work for a water company and the UK division had its own team of archaeologists and had published a book of some of their best finds. They literally couldn't lay a pipe without finding some sort of relic. I don't recall the number but they had worked out the average number of finds you would make per unit of area for the UK and it was astonishingly high (to this New Zealander - NZ has only had humans for about 1000 years so the odds of digging something interesting up here are very low indeed).
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2014-02-04 08:52:56 AM  

focusthis: Next up: Rabbits eradicated to protect archaeological site.


Yeah. That's what I was thinking. The archaeologists are now digging up the rabbit warrens.

Meanwhile in Cornwall...one rabbit says to the other "for farks sake dont let the humans see that golden chalice you dug up yesterday..."
 
2014-02-04 08:55:55 AM  
You know what I love about about ancient treasure finds is all the photos that show off the cache.
 
2014-02-04 08:59:52 AM  
It has huge, giant, pointy teeth!

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2014-02-04 09:05:01 AM  
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2014-02-04 10:19:09 AM  
Now all they have to worry about is some greedy duck showing up and trying to steal the treasure
 
2014-02-04 12:02:26 PM  
If we could:
A. have a perfect scan of the undisturbed site
b. train the rabbits to dig in just the right places to reach artifacts without moving them
c. carry little recorders into the tunnels to picture them in location
d. take dirt samples out of the area first
e. retrieve the artifacts

or just...  shoo the rabbit away and start digging with a pickax, shovel and painters brush.

I guess that's easier.
 
2014-02-04 04:34:38 PM  

chatoyance: Deep Contact: I bet anyplace you dig in Europe, you'll either find bones or an unexploded bomb.

Pretty much. I used to work for a water company and the UK division had its own team of archaeologists and had published a book of some of their best finds. They literally couldn't lay a pipe without finding some sort of relic. I don't recall the number but they had worked out the average number of finds you would make per unit of area for the UK and it was astonishingly high (to this New Zealander - NZ has only had humans for about 1000 years so the odds of digging something interesting up here are very low indeed).
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I had no idea British women were that much in demand.
 
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