Roman rabbit find is one giant hop for archaeology

Started by gash, April 22, 2019, 11:56:39 am

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They gave us aqueducts, sanitation, roads, public baths and wine. Now another item can join the list of Roman additions to British life -- the rabbit.

Just in time for Easter, scientists have identified the remains of what they believe is Britain's earliest bunny. A small leg bone, from the first century AD, was found at what was once a grand Roman villa in Fishbourne, West Sussex.

The tibia was found at Fishbourne villa, West Sussex.The tibia was found at Fishbourne villa, West Sussex.

The discovery marks the first time that a British rabbit bone has been placed in the Roman period by radiocarbon dating, researchers say. It suggests that the species arrived 1,000 years earlier than some academics had argued.

Rabbit bones had previously been found at Roman sites, but it was possible that these creatures had burrowed into the earth...

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