10/16/2013 01:42 EDT | Updated 12/16/2013 05:12 EST

Archaeological dig near Stonehenge suggests early Britons ate roast toad

LONDON - A promising excavation about a mile (1.6 kms) from Stonehenge has unearthed a host of clues about the diet of prehistoric Britons — among them a tiny, partially burnt toad bone which suggests they snacked on amphibians.

The University of Buckingham says that the charred leg bone was found alongside fish bones and the remains of aurochs, the wild ancestor of today's cattle, at a site in the town of Amesbury, about 85 miles (135 kilometres) west of London.

The finding has yet to be peer-reviewed, but other experts described the dig as very significant. Natural History Museum researcher Simon Parfitt said Wednesday there was no doubt that the animal remains found there dated from prehistoric times.