Curious discoveries made during construction work

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

Picture this, you’re in the process of clearing ground before construction begins, when suddenly the digger hits something unexpected…

I literally fell head first down a virtual rabbit hole of curious and amazing finds from around the world. Below is a tiny selection from the UK, found either during construction or renovation works.


York Helmet

Discovered in 1982 by mechanical digger operator Andy Shaw, who felt the machine strike something hard in the ground.

The helmet was found in a wood-lined pit with fragments of antler, stone, glass and iron within the area that is now the Coppergate Centre. It was thought that it was buried during the Vikings’ 200 years in York, from AD866.


York Helmet


121 Year Old Time Capsule

In 2015, in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, a 121-year-old time capsule was discovered by construction workers on a section of the Ruthven Road bridge.

The capsule itself was a small metal box, the items inside included a bottle of whisky, a newspaper from 1894 and a scroll. It is believed that the time capsule was placed within the structure of the bridge when it was originally constructed at the end of the 19th century.