The earth has a way of concealing secrets and sometimes, you just never know what it is that is lying just beneath your feet. If there is one thing you can learn from excavation contractors it is this very fact. When your job involves using heavy equipment to dig trenches, holes, and ponds, you just never know what the next scoop of dirt may bring up. Here are five of the most shocking, and in some cases just strange, things that have been discovered during an excavation and building project.
1. During a road construction project in Dorset, England excavation contractors and workers turned up a strange discovery 2009. Beneath the surface of the earth, there lay 51 skeletons and that was not even the strangest part -- they were all headless and apparently tangled together.
2. Boats have been found several times beneath the city of San Francisco during excavation and construction projects. During the rush for gold a few centuries back, the ships used to bring new prospectors to the land were often just built over instead of discarded. In 2013, a 23 foot boat was discovered, according to Reuters.com.
3. In the city of London in 2003, excavators found the remains of 1500 bodies and one partial walrus sealed in a coffin. While the bodies are believed to be from past experiences with several epidemics, it is unclear what purpose the one partial set of walrus bones served.
4. A landfill excavation project in 2014 revealed that New Mexico really was the site were many Atari games were dumped years ago, much to the joy of many video game enthusiasts. This was not so much an accidental discovery as a search, but interesting just the same.
5. A large sea creature, later assumed to be a whale, was unearthed during a railroad project in the 80s. The creature was found in the inland areas of Vermont where the whale did not necessarily have a logical reason to reside. However, it is believed that the whale must have swam into a preexisting shallow riverbed and died.
When you take a look at the strange challenges some excavators face on the job, you may just find an entirely new appreciation for what they do. Not only are excavators like ones from Joe Frei Excavating the people who can dig a hole for your pool or help you install a septic tank, but they likely have a few good stories to tell as well.