After embarking on a home building project, Laura and Bridger Hill were digging up their yard. But when a layer of the ground was removed, something unexpected appeared in the dirt: a row of rib bones. That certainly wasn’t all, though. Following further investigation, the Hills realized that they had the nearly complete skeleton of some mysterious creature on their hands. Yet even at this point, the family had no clue as to the significance of their find.
Of course, the Hills weren’t alone in wanting to spruce up their property, as many other people also choose to renovate their respective houses or yards. And on occasion, this work unearths important pieces of the past – items that have lain buried for centuries or even millennia.
What’s more, such finds may hold considerable social or financial value. In 2018, for example, newspapers were discovered that had been left in an Arizona basement almost 60 years previously. And thanks to the state’s arid climate, the items were relatively intact, too. As a result, then, developers at the Park Central shopping mall were able to offer the papers to experts to study and so glean fascinating insights into attitudes of the time.