Las Vegas pool set up reveals 14,000-year-old bones – FOX23 Information
LAS VEGAS – A pool dig turned into an archaeological find for a Las Vegas couple.
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Workers building a pool discovered a number of bones that could be 14,000 years old, KTNV reported.
Matt Perkins and his husband recently moved from Washington state to a newly built house in Las Vegas, the broadcaster reported.
They were excited to see their new 6 foot deep pool completed, but then the Las Vegas police arrived at their home on Monday.
“We woke up Monday morning (and) the pool guy said he was coming to check the pool,” Perkins told KTNV. “We assume that was normal. We wake up to find him standing in front of the police.”
The workers discovered the bones about 5 feet underground. After a police investigation found the bones did not belong to humans, Nevada Science Center’s research director Joshua Bonde was called into the residence Tuesday, KTNV reported.
“What we found was when they dug up the backyard pool, cut through layers of ice-age sediment, and sure enough they had a skeleton of an animal,” Perkins told the broadcaster.
Bonde said the bones are between 6,000 and 14,000 years old and belong to a horse or similarly sized mammal.
“So this thing is about four to five feet below the current ground surface, so the animal probably wandered around the world in southern Nevada, which was nowhere near as populated as it is today,” Bonde told the broadcaster. “There were probably still people in the area and it was probably a little swampy.”
Perkins’ house is near the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, where rare fossils such as mammoths have been discovered.
“We joked on Friday that while they started digging, ‘Oh great, they might find a dinosaur for us and it’ll pay off for our pool,'” Perkins told KTNV. “When they told us they found some fossils, it was obviously a bigger shock to us than we expected.”