Archaeology team, who were working on a separate
project in central England, stumbled upon the remains
dug up by the rabbits that consisted of large amount
of broken glass pieces from the highly decorated
window of a 14th Century manor house.
The archaeology team was so amazed with their findings
they immediately called for English Heritage - the
body behind preserving the country's historic monuments.
English Heritage said they were aware that a manor
house existed at the place after it was flattened
in the 15th Century by a wealthy family who built
a bigger home nearby and found that the original
house obstructed the view.
Paul Stamper, English Heritage's ancient monuments
inspector for the West Midlands, said: "Normally
windows would have been removed and used elsewhere
but in this case it looks as though the window was
simply left on the site and became incorporated into
the rabbits' warren."
" Over the years, as the rabbits have done
their own home improvement work, the glass shards
of pottery and fragments of animal bone have been
kicked out of their burrow," Stamper said.
Meanwhile, tests are being conducted to ascertain
their manufacturing process, and some more pieces
of glass are required before experts zero down to
the scene portrayed on the window.
At present, only script work and different patterns
can be made out. But experts have a race against
time if they have to preserve the beautiful designs
before it is lost forever, because once the glass
is exposed to the air it soon begins to deteriorate.
Meanwhile, the rabbit warren location will not be
disclosed by the English Heritage until the glass
fragments are recovered.