1,000 Year Old Human Remains

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The backyard was always a place for exploration and adventure as a kid, and it can be just as eye opening a place as an adult. Aside from the time capsules you hid during your youth, you may be lucky—or unlucky—enough to find something unbelievable. Sometimes you might be doing some planning and excavating for a home renovation when you stumble upon something with a history that exceeds the span of your lifetime ten times over. Keep reading to find out what one man found when doing some renovating in his backyard.

Where and When

When you start with the idea of adding something new to your property to boost the value of your home, you don’t expect to uncover a historic discovery in your own backyard. One Salt Lake City man set out to dig a pond in his backyard in 2014, but what he found ended up delaying his renovation. His discovery was confirmed to be human bones, and it was enough to give him a significant shock.

A Close Call

Finding any type of bones in your backyard can be an unsettling experience, especially when they turn out to be human. After a moment of wondering if they were hidden after a murder that had recently occurred, the Salt Lake City man called the police. The bones were sent to a medical examiner, and if they were the result of a murder it was not a recent one; in fact, the bones belonged to a Native American who lived in the area as long as one thousand years ago.

This article is part of our STRANGE THINGS FOUND DURING HOME RENOVATIONS blog series.


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