5 weirdest things found on a construction site

From prohibition-era liquor to a woolly mammoth, here are the five strangest on-site discoveries made by construction workers…


  1. 18th Century Revolutionary War Ship
    Construction workers in Alexandria, Virginia were building a new hotel when they discovered the remains of timber vessel. It is believed to have been a cargo or military vessel, deliberately sunken between 1775 and 1798, and lost when land was in-filled to create the city.
  2. Prohibition liquor stash
    Site excavators were surprised when the ground collapsed to reveal a hide-out used for liquor storage during America’s prohibition. A ban on the production, importation and sale of alcohol in the USA led to illicit bootlegging and hoarding old supplies, often taking place underground… literally.
  3. Pablo Escobar’s secret safe
    The new owner of a house in Miami Beach, Florida, once belonging to infamous druglord Pablo Escobar, decided to tear down the property only to discover a secret safe. Its contents are still a mystery, as it is to be kept in a bank vault until the owners decide to open it.
  4. Mammoth bones
    A construction project to expand Oregon State University’s Valley Football Centre uncovered ancient bones belonging to a mammoth. Including a 5-foot long femur, the bones are over 10,000 years old.
  5. Dinosaur eggs
    Yes, really! 43 fossilised eggs were uncovered in the Chinese city of Heyuan by workers repairing a road. 19 were completely intact, with the largest measuring 13cm in diameter. The city calls itself “Home of Dinosaurs”, boasting the largest number of dinosaur eggs in the world.