If porcupines could talk, what would they say? "That belongs in a museum," perhaps?
A team of archaeologists made a groundbreaking discovery recently at a Roman-Byzantine dig site in central Israel - thanks to the tireless excavating of one inadvertently helpful porcupine.
In the process of digging out his burrow, the accidental artifact-hunter happened upon an ancient oil lamp that had been buried for the last 1,400 years. Seeing no use for such a thing, the quilled rodent tossed it out of his new subterranean home. Fortunately, it happened to end up where scientists were able to spot it.
Turns out, it was no ordinary lamp. The small ceramic item has since allowed researchers to better determine when in antiquity the site was last occupied.