Zut Alors: Frogs' legs is an English dish

Frogs' legs is seen as a typical French dish but archaeologists have claimed that the English were feasting on the delicacy thousands of years before their continental neighbours.

Could frogs' legs be an English dish? Credit: Christine Kokot/DPA

A dig at the Black Mead site, just a mile from Stonehenge, Wiltshire, led to the discovery of charred toad's leg alongside small fish bones of trout or salmon and burnt bones of aurochs - the predecessor of cows.

The find, which dates back to between 6250BC and 7596BC, is the earliest evidence of a cooked toad or frog anywhere in the world and 8,000 years earlier than the French, according to the researchers from the University of Buckingham.

The Czechs recently claimed frogs' legs as a traditional dish after archaeologists found they were eating them more than 5,000 years ago but the findings appear to show that the English were first.

David Jacques, senior research fellow in archaeology, said: "This is significant for our understanding of the way people were living around 5,000 years before the building of Stonehenge and it begs the question - where are the frogs now?"

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