But the discovery of the time capsule shouldn't have been a big surprise -- it had actually been dug up once before. Historians found records indicating that the capsule had been discovered once before in 1855. Whomever had found it then made a note of its location, added a few coins, reburied it, and then promptly forgot it existed again. We couldn't even remember our note to remember a time capsule buried by Paul goddamn Revere, ain't nobody going to remember that you buried Season 2 of True Detective.
Father Setting Up Ping Pong Table Discovers 1,800 Year Old Roman Ruins
At some point, you've probably heard or seen commercials from utility companies advising people to "call before you dig!", so that when Johnny DIY decides to dig a new post hole for his mailbox, he doesn't nick a gas line and blow up the neighborhood or, worse, hack through a fiber optic cable and fuck up everyone's internet. A Briton by the name of Luke Irwin was laying some electrical cables to his barn so his kids could play table tennis and while he may have checked with the utility companies, he failed to consult his local Roman Historical Records.
Luke was digging a trench for the cable when he found some tiles that looked to belong to a long-buried mosaic. He took a picture of it, sent it off to some historians (who everyone in this article seems to be able to get ahold of with surprising speed), and they responded by excavating his entire backyard. What they found was not just an astonishingly well-preserved Roman mosaic, but an entire freakin' Roman villa, thought to be one of the largest and most intact villas ever discovered in Great Britain.