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England: Mudd the Mole will certainly be happy with this breaking news—It seems that moles in northern England, in Cumbria, to be exact, have been helping archaeologists. As they push their way around in the dirt, they inadvertently push up ancient objects, many of which have been buried for centuries. Volunteers have been sifting through these “mole” piles and are finding many pottery and glass fragments. One really interesting find was a bronze dolphin.
Italy: An Italian restorer was working on a painting that depicted a scene in the life of Christ and that dated to 1494. In one area, as she removed the dirt that had accumulated over centuries, she noticed tiny figures that seemed to be dancing. Others were called in to study the figures, whom several have now said that they think the figures may be the first Western depiction of Native Americans.