The workers irreparably destroyed the burial chamber by pouring concrete into it, and they didn't realize their mistake until an environmental group noticed the makeover and filed a complaint, which presumably consisted of a single "Um." A mass necktie-loosening occurred as people scrambled to explain why government workers didn't recognize a protected historical site, and the best they could come up with was that they just didn't. As mayor Jose Luis Valladores and your roommate who constantly pilfers your leftovers put it, "No one told me." A local archaeologist commented that the miscommunication was probably due to the summer holidays -- in other words, everyone was too busy playing beach volleyball to worry about properly marking artifacts dating from 4,000 years before the birth of Christ.
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"Eh, I'm sure this is what they meant it to look like anyway."
And you thought Pawnee Parks and Rec was disorganized.
Real Estate Developers Literally Re-Create The Plot Of Poltergeist
As developers in Marin County, California, prepared to break ground on a multimillion-dollar housing development, they stumbled across a slight inconvenience: the remains of an ancient native village. The artifacts found on the site -- which included "tools, musical instruments, harpoon tips, spears and throwing sticks from a time long before the introduction of the bow and arrow" -- were estimated to be about 4,500 years old. There was also an enormous freaking graveyard. After surveying the area, they agreed to do the logical thing and promptly tore that shit up.
To their credit, they knew their horror movies. Everything, including the bodies, was carefully removed, a process that was overseen by the local tribe that is assumed to be descended from the villagers. The tribe has been outspoken about their approval of the construction, but before some archaeologists let the cat out of the bag, they were required to keep it on the down-low because ... the developers feared comparisons to Poltergeist. How'd that work out?
"Wait ... there wasn't anyone on-site when we took that picture."
Impending drop in property values notwithstanding, it's a happy enough ending. If the tribe is OK with it, who are we to argue? But that's where the story takes a weird turn. After all the bodies and stuff were dug up, they were returned to the tribe -- who proceeded to rebury it all in a secret location where nobody will be able to study it. They even sealed it off for good measure, stopping just short of booby-trapping it with poison arrows and huge rolling boulders. Archaeologists have settled for dismay, but we're here to ask the real questions: What are they hiding?
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