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8 Times That Astounding Discoveries Were Made During Routine Construction Work

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No matter how thoroughly you plan out a construction project, there is just no guarantee that everything will go accordingly to that plan. It isn't just construction mishaps, scheduling, or delayed materials that cause problems, one of the biggest issues is that once you start digging, or breaking into walls and floors, you really don't know what you're going to find.

Here are 10 times that construction crews found some pretty insane stuff while working there way through a project.

1. 1894 Time Capsule

In 2015, Scottish construction workers were working on a section of the Ruthven Road bridge when they discovered a time capsule that had been sealed up in the bridge for over 120 years. When it was opened, they found a number of items including: a bottle of whiskey, a newspaper, and a scroll. The box and its contents were donated to the Highland Folk Museum.


2. Wolly Mammoth Tusk

Remember as a kid when you and your friends would try and "dig for dinosaur bones?" Apart from the odd arrow head or other indigenous artifacts, most of us came up empty. But the reality is that finding something ancient isn't all that uncommon. While working on the foundation of a Seattle residential building, workers found a 60,000-year-old mammoth tusk. The company responsible halted construction so that the tusk could be removed and preserved.

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3. Un-exploded bombs

During World War 2, thousands upon thousands of bombs were dropped by all sides. Some of those bombs were either faulty, or for some other reason didn't detonate upon impact, so it isn't uncommon to unearth ordinances during construction projects. On Christmas day in 2016, a two ton RAF bomb was discovered in the Schwabian city of Augsburg in Bavaria. It forced the evacuation of over 50,000 residents.

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4. Letter to Santa

In 2015, Lewis Shaw was helping to demolish a chimney in an old home. It was here that he found a letter addressed to Santa that had been placed there in 1943. It was written by a little boy named David and it was written as follows:

Dear Father Christmas,

Please can you send me a Rupert annual, and a drum box of chalks, soldiers and Indians, slippers and any little toys you have to spare,



Lewis Shaw actually started a campaign to find the boy who wrote this letter, and wildly enough, he managed to find the man, now quite old, but still alive.

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