What This Guy Found Behind His Furnace Is Incredible.What He Decided to Do With It Is Even More So
What This Guy Found Behind His Furnace Is Incredible.What He Decided to Do With It Is Even More So

Every boy, regardless of age, dreams of being Indiana Jones and finding the Lost Ark. But if you ever found a treasure, maybe one with historical significance, what would you do with it? 

This is exactly the dilemma a young Canadian faced recently. 

His 100-year-old house was build over an ancient Indian burial site, a fact he never paid much attention to until—prompted by the cold winter (-22 degrees Fahrenheit some days)—he decided to fix his decades-old furnace, and found this: 

When he took it to a local university, the item was identified as a “tumi,” most commonly found in Central America. It is a ceremonial knife made from bronze and it was used during ceremonies to sacrifice animals. It was also commonly used for skull trepanation, which basically means to drill a hole in the human skull to treat health problems related to intracranial diseases.

In an auction, the item can sell for about $5,000. 

But making a quick buck was not his first choice. When taking to object to the local museum, the staff there wanted to keep it for a few days for some tests. He then suggested it should go on display so others can also appreciate it. 

“I cannot believe it. Something that I found is important enough to be presented in a museum,” he shared on Imgur. 

 It is still unclear how the tumi got there. Being an object from Central America, it is clearly unrelated to the burial site the house was built on. 

 

 

 

 

  • epazote

    The indigenous people were explorers, and traveled freely throughout the America’s. This find is not terribly surprising, but it’s a treasure. It’s commendable the man who found it wants it displayed for all to see rather than profit from selling it.

  • rg9rts

    Definitely not north american

    • allison1050

      Hi rg…I don’t understand what happened yesterday but all of a sudden (I used to be known as tense641) found myself now known as allison1050!!
      I wonder if the man who found this will allow further excavation in his basement, fascinating isn’t this?

      • rg9rts

        Well lets see 1050 is ESPN radio in NYC and Allison manufactured heavy equipment Are you sure you’re not a sporty backhoe?? Welcome to the morph

        • allison1050

          Too funny rg and a good morning to you.

          • rg9rts

            Ditto and you can explore other areas too. All len All for one a disqus member and home to other huffugees and no whiners.

            Check the Forum and the rec room. Nick Vanocur is there an alternative site

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