For some people, doing yard work can sometimes be one of the best ways to spend their weekend. Not for me though. You dread it all week, then the weekend arrives in a flash. You aren’t prepared with the tools, and you just really don’t feel like doing it. That’s how it is for me at least. My weekends are time for me and my interests, not weeding a flower bed or trimming a tree. I would be much more amicable to doing yard work if I had the luck that these people had. While digging up their backyards, these people stumbled across some absolutely amazing treasures and valuables. Some of them have even re-written the history books, which is pretty astonishing. Take a look at some of the priceless artifacts these people stumbled across in their own backyards!
1. When an Austrian man decided to expand his pool, he had no idea what he would be holding very shortly. He found a treasure estimated to be about 650 years old. It included over 200 rings, brooches, and belt buckles along with other fossilized items.
2. Now this might be a little scary. A developer in Florida was building new houses over a bombing range. This seems like a terrible decision, and it was. People are still finding bombs in their backyards.
3. A couple was walking their dog through their property that consisted of parts of what was once called “Gold Country.” They noticed a rusting bucket sticking out of the ground, and found gold valued at around $10 million. Yes, $10 million.
4. Finding bodies while digging a hole for a swimming pool is not what most people would want, but it is exactly what happened this guy. He found human remains inside 13 separate caskets dating back to the 1700’s.
5. An amateur historian was exploring his property in the UK when he came across a burial plot estimated to date back to 2500 BC.
6. In Normandy, France, three builders stole a treasure valued at around 900k Euros they found while working on a property.
7. While completing a landscaping project in 2014, a man was taken aback by what looked like human bones. After careful examination by a professional it was determined the bones belonged to a Native American that were 1,000 years old.
8. While checking his rows of corn, a North Carolina man came across a 65 carat Emerald in a pit. That thing must be absolutely huge.
9. A cannon ball was found by a man who was digging a hole for a new fish pond. He found out that the cannon ball was actually used in the Battle Of New Orleans all the way back in 1812.
10. While picking vegetables from his garden in Illinois, a man noticed a nylon sack sticking out from the ground. He pulled it out and discovered it contained $150K.
11. While laying some new pipe in his back garden in the Czech Republic, a man noticed some metal sticking out of the ground. Upon further investigation, it was two 400 year old church bells that had been stolen from nearby churches.
12. These false teeth were found in a very old vegetable plot in Buffalo, NY.
13. In Israel, diggers came across the largest collection of Medieval coins ever found. There were around 2,000 coins in all, ranging from the 10th Century to the 11th Century.
14. A Canadian man was clearing out the space in between his garage and his fence line in early 2014 when he made a pretty amazing discovery. He saw a pillow case that clearly had something in it. He investigated and found a fully loaded machine gun and a mobile phone.
15. While renovating his garden, a man in the U.S. came across a 1940’s cash register. There were also several car batteries buried nearby, which would have been used to power the cash register during the war.
16. A boy in the late 1970’s saw something sticking out of the ground. Everyone brushed it off as if it was nothing. Scientists 30 years later however, identified it as the skull and jaw bones of a 16 million year old Baleen Whale.
17. Someone found an Army service ring, though it’s owners were never found.
18. Andrew and Eric built a dam in the creek that flows behind their home in Detroit, Michigan. One of them caught site of a bone and thought it might be human so he called the police. Fortunately it wasn’t human, it was actually the vertebrae of a 13,000 year old Mastadon.
19. This gun was found in a explorers backyard.
20. Ken Sauve found these bones while digging fence posts. He originally thought they were animal bones, and didn’t see any reason to think otherwise. He is wife pressed the issue though so they dug them up. They turned out to be human bones from the 1600’s.
21. About a mile from Stone Henge, a mile under the ground, researchers discovered one of Europe’s largest prehistoric monuments. The stones are 15 feet tall and are believed to have been used in religious rituals.
22. An extremely rare 1902 dollar was found by a women in her backyard.
23. The Star of Murfreesboro is a 34.25 carats blue diamond. The diamond was found by John Pollock at the Arkansas Diamond Mine near Murfreesboro, Arkansas. It’s considered the largest diamond ever found by a tourist — and it was valued at $15,000 when it was found in 1964. Adjusted for today’s inflation, it would be worth about $95,452.
24. A backyard fallout shelter was found in a couples backyard in California. It was constructed in 1961 and was fully stocked!
25. While building a fence, a man found a 250 million year old Pliosaur bone. He stored the bone in his shed for 16 years. He eventually got it examined in 2013.
26. A man in Bosnia found 6 meteorites in his yard.
27. While renovating his pond, a man in Hyde Park, New York noticed a strange thing sticking out of the ground. He had it examined by an expert who determined it was a fossil. An excavation was started that yielded over 90 Mastodon bones.
This is the stuff people dream about. Making an amazing discovery right behind their house. Reading stories like these always make me want to grab a shovel and start digging right then and there. It would be a really incredible experience to find something like this.