Wild Rabbits Uncover Ancient 'Gold Mine' in England; Oldest Temple Holds Key to Roman History

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By Reissa Su | February 5, 2014 7:27 PM EST

A family of rabbits has dug up buried treasure believed to be 8,000 years old near Land's End, England. The wild rabbits uncovered a "gold mine" of archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age which includes flint tools, arrow heads, and animal hide scrapers. 

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A pet rabbit is dressed in Santa Claus costume at a photo event to celebrate Christmas and the Year of the Rabbit at a pet rabbit shop in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. December 26, 2012. REUTERS

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Aside from the Stone Age discoveries, the rabbits also found a Neolithic cemetery, burial mounds from the Bronze Age and a hill fort from the Iron Age. The furry creatures had dug two burrows next to each other which had brought some of the artifacts from the ground to the surface.

A team of researchers is planning to spend the next two years excavating the site where the rabbits uncovered the buried treasure.

According to the Daily Mail, Land's End has always been known as a land of historical interest and led experts to believe many important people may have been buried at the site for thousands of years.

Oldest Roman temple holds "gold mine" of information

Meanwhile, another notable discovery was made in Rome on Feb. 2 when archaeologists claimed to have found the oldest known Roman temple. The ancient temple is located in the Sant'Omobono church in Rome which archaeologists believed to have been built in early sixth century B.C.

The Roman temple was believed to have stood near the Tiber River which made the temple a former meeting place or sanctuary for merchants. Archaeologist Albert Ammerman explained that the temple was part of the religious aspect of trade which sanctifies it.

Researchers from Rome and the University of Michigan had difficulty excavating the site because the temple's foundations are now below the water line. Mr Ammerman told local media that the teams had worked over the summer to overcome the difficult digging conditions.

According to the San't Ombono Project Web site, the ancient temple is proving to be a "gold mine" of information and a glimpse into the lives of early Roman civilization. The excavation site presents a chance to study the early Romans and how they built cities and formed states.

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A pet rabbit is dressed in Santa Claus costume at a photo event to celebrate Christmas and the Year of the Rabbit at a pet rabbit shop in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. December 26, 2012. REUTERS
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