Many things have been unearthed when construction takes place, whether it’s in the middle of the city or in the middle of the countryside but this takes some beating. Alerted by a lone farm worker, a team of paleontologists in Argentina have unearthed the fossilized remains of what is expected to be the world’s largest dinosaur. Initial results have estimated that this monster was 130ft long, 65ft tall and weighed in at over 77 tonnes. This particular area of southern Argentina, known as Patagonia, has seen a number of important discoveries in this field.

This latest find is estimated to weigh the same as fourteen elephants, and beats the record of 70 tonnes set by the previous record holder, namely the Argentinosaurus. The discovery of over 150 bones, coming form seven different specimens of the animal have allowed the group to say that this was a herbivore that lived in the late Cretaceous period, approximately 95 – 100 million years ago. However, it has not yet been named.

Meanwhile over in New York’s Chinatown district, the construction of a new hotel has been delayed after evidence of a beer hall have been found, which was referenced to have existed during the Civil War

Hundreds of plates, mugs and liquor bottles have been found which were associated with the “Atlantic Garden” establishment that once stood on the same site. Archaeologists on site may have found evidence of another older establishment from the colonial era which was called “The Bull’s Head Tavern”, which a certain George Washington and his troops were said to have stopped at in 1783. The owner of the site is said to be so pleased that elements of what has been found will now be incorporated into the new building.

Here in the UK, skeletons unearthed during the London Crossrail excavations have been found to be victims of the 14th century Black Death pandemic. Forensic tests have confirmed the teeth contain DNA from the plague bacterium and the graves have been dated to 1348-50. Existing records showed that thousands of Londoners perished and that their corpses were buried in a mass grave, but the exact location wasn’t mentioned and had never been found. Although recent research now seems to point towards a site under Charterhouse Square, close to the Barbican. The plan is to expand the search across the square using ground radar scans.

So whatever area you are working in and whatever you are wearing as workwear who knows what lies beneath your feet. Why not let us know the unusual thing you have found during your working day.