10 Amazing treasures found in the backyard - History Key

10 Amazing treasures found in the backyard

We are used to think that treasures and all kind of incredible stuff, are usually far away from us. Maybe also all the Indiana Jones theories influenced our judgment, making us believe that all the rare and interesting items can be found only in jungles or cannibal infested places. Unfortunately, we can’t offer you a treasure, but we can make you feel the surprise to find out what can be found very near you. Would you believe us if we tell you that some of the strangest and incredible things were found in backyards?

Here you have a ten selection of backyard discoveries, enough to make you start digging around the house.

10. Horestone discovery in Gloucestershire

During 1987, Stephan Davis and Clare Forbes, both amateur historians, were able to make an incredible discovery just by studying ancient documents and the history of his own house. They managed to track the history of the Horestone, in Gloucestershire, after 350 years of silence, with no records about it. The first known reference to it is from 1170, when it appears in legal documents. The stone, found by Davis in his backyard, seems to be older, and it’s believed to date even 2,500 BC, being a grave mark from the Bronze Age.

Horestone (Rodborough) in Gloucestershire
Horestone (Rodborough) in Gloucestershire © Image Source: megalithic.co.uk

9. $150,000 in cash

From time to time, luck touches on those who are in need. That’s the story of Wayne Sabaj from Illinois, an unemployed man of 51-year-old age. In August 20111, while he was picking broccoli from his backyard, he spotted a nylon bag coming out of the ground. The bag contained $150.000 in cash, so Sabaj alerted the police. Some neighbors claimed that the money was cursed, others claimed part of the treasure, but the only sure thing is that Wayne Sabaj died (diabetic problems) 10 days before he was able to collect a part of the found money.

Wayne Sabaj
Wayne Sabaj © Image Source: trbimg.com

8. Dinosaur Bone

Dinosaurs, we know them from books or even better from movies. But how it would be to know them from your backyard? That’s what happened to John Lambert in 1997. John, resident in Ipswich U.K. found a large and unusual bone in his yard while building some structures and a fence. After another 16 years, in 2013 he took the bone to the Ipswich Museum, where he received the confirmation that the bone from his backyard comes from a Pliosaur, meaning it is around 250 million -year-old. What is even more incredible is that the Pliosaur wasn’t a species specific to that area.

John Lambert discovered the giant bone while digging in his back garden
John Lambert discovered the giant bone while digging in his back garden © Image Source: .express.co.uk

 

7. Superman actress, Margot Kidder

Ok, would be more normal to find gold coins than a famous actress in your yard. In 1996, 47-year-old Margot Kidder was found in someone’s backyard in Glendale, California. Margot was better known for her role in the ”Superman” movies, where she interpreted the role of Lois Lane. At the time, she had financial and health problems and she was missing from home for several days. Later on, she was diagnosed with mental problems, including paranoia and bipolar disorder. After a time spent in a psychiatric hospital, she made a total recovery.

Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder © Image Source: flickeringmyth.com

6. Fully equipped bunker

Sometimes, you’ll find a shelter even if you don’t need one. That’s what experienced the Zwick family from Wisconsin. They were always curious to know what the metal door from their yard is hiding, but they had never done a proper research by opening that door. When finally they decided to reveal the ‘hidden world behind the door’, the surprise wasn’t little. The door was leading to an underground cold-era bunker, fully equipped with all you need in order to spend some time isolated in it.

Fallout shelter found in the Backyard
Fallout shelter found in the Backyard by Zwick family © Image Source: clipmass.com

5. A massive 4 kg golden nugget

Since our childhood, we experienced the myth of the gold nugget. So many stories about them, so many fairy tales and adventures related to gold nuggets and their discovery. The one below is a dream come true, but only for the lucky finder. In 2011, a Californian man made an incredible discovery while he was metal detecting. He managed to find in his backyard a 4kg (8.2 pounds) gold nugget, which was sold at auction for $460,000. The identity of the finder was kept anonymous, in order to prevent a gold rush onto his yard. Geologists said that almost certainly (considering the nugget’s size) there is more gold in his backyard.

The 4 kg nugget, which is worth more than $450,000
The 4 kg nugget, which is worth more than $450,000 © Image Source: mining.com

4. Dino 246 GTS Ferrari

It looks like you forgot where you’ve parked your car. For most of us, a Ferrari would remain only a dream, or a car to be seen or touched only on the streets if you’re lucky and the car’s owner won’t get mad to see you taking selfies while stretched on his car. But there is a Ferrari that could beat them all, the one you’ll find buried in your backyard. In 1978 while digging their backyard for fun, two kids from Los Angeles, discovered a Dino 246 GTS Ferrari. After some researches, it turned out that the car was stolen and buried in order to be unearthed later.

Buried Dino 246 GTS Ferrari
Dino 246 GTS Ferrari © Image Source: lifedaily.com

3. A cemetery from the 1700s

It’s great to have a swimming pool, but not that great to have an unknown cemetery in your garden. Vincent Marcello, from New Orleans – Louisiana, had a big surprise while digging the structure designated to his new swimming pool. He discovered a cemetery from the 1700s, 13 caskets with human remains and many bone fragments in the ground. In the same spot, in 1984, another 36 corpses were found, during the construction of the apartments building.

When a homeowner in New Orleans' French Quarter decided to dig up his backyard to create a swimming pool, his workers unearthed a cemetery
When a homeowner in New Orleans’ French Quarter decided to dig up his backyard to create a swimming pool, his workers unearthed a cemetery © Image Source: dailymail.co.uk

2. The 1,427 gold coins that worth $10 million

For the ones who experienced the joy of a gold coin only in the form of a chocolate one, here you have a nice story. In 2013, a couple from California found in their backyard what is now known as the ”Saddle Ridge Hoard”. It consists of 1,427 gold coins having a total value of $10 million. Considering that the discovery was made on a hill of the Gold Country, near the site of the 1849 Gold Rush, the treasure was probably hidden from someone who had plenty of luck back then.

Saddle Ridge Hoard of coins and dirt
Saddle Ridge Hoard of coins and dirt © CC BY-SA 3.0 Image Source: Wikipedia
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif © Image Source: yahoo.com

 1. The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold

Yes, the first place of this top is also occupied by gold, but a special one. In 2009, Terry Herbert went on a usual hunt with his metal detector. He asked for the permission to dig in one farmer’s backyard, and after he obtained the permission, he started to search the soil. The land’s owner was mocking him about all the treasure hunting, telling him that such things don’t exist and that he’s losing his time in the research. After two hours, the farmer had to change his mind and his life. Terry discovered the biggest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold, a total of 1500 gold artifacts were recovered from that backyard, mostly ornaments from swords, shields and other military equipment. The treasure is now valued at £3,285 million and considered something revolutionary for the understanding of the Anglo-Saxons history.

Terry Herbert examining items from the Staffordshire Hoard at the British Museum in October 2009. The items have been laid out for valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee
Terry Herbert examining items from the Staffordshire Hoard at the British Museum in October 2009. The items have been laid out for valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee © CC BY-SA 2.0, Image Source: Wikipedia
Pieces from the Staffordshire hoard, an Anglo-Saxon treasure trove discovered in 2009
Pieces from the Staffordshire hoard, an Anglo-Saxon treasure trove discovered in 2009 © CC BY 2.0, Image Source: Wikipedia

 

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