This Week In History News, Sept. 9 – 15

Published September 14, 2018

Ancient elk skull uncovered, Greek tomb dug up, haul of Roman coins found.

Fishermen Discover A Massive 10,000-Year-Old “Irish Elk” Skull

Elk Skull Man

Ardboe Galler/FacebookRaymond McElroy is pictured with the antlers and skull of an Irish elk, discovered in his net while fishing on Lough Neagh lake in Northern Ireland.

A fisherman and his assistant were out on the lakebed of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland on Sept. 5 when they reeled in the farthest thing from their usual catch.

Raymond McElroy and his assistant, Charlie Coyle, were shocked when they hooked a massive pair of elk antlers with its skull almost fully intact. As it turns out, their catch was not only unexpected but historic, as the ancient skull dates back over 10,500 years.

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Greek Farmer Accidentally Discovers 3,400-Year-Old Minoan Tomb Hidden Under Olive Grove

Coffin Pottery Minoan Tomb

Greek Ministry of CultureA covered coffin from the Minoan times found in Ierapetra, Crete, Greece.

In an extraordinary example of being in the wrong place at the right time, a Greek farmer just made a startling archaeological discovery.

A 3,400-year-old Minoan tomb was uncovered in an unnamed farmer’s olive grove near the city of Ierapetra on the Greek island of Crete. According to Cretapost, the farmer was attempting to park his car underneath an olive tree when suddenly the ground beneath him began to sink.

The farmer pulled his car out from under the tree and noticed that a huge hole which measured around four feet wide had opened up where his car had been sitting. When he peeked into the hole, the farmer knew he had stumbled upon something special. He called the local heritage ministry, Lassithi Ephorate of Antiquities, to investigate.

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Hundreds Of Ancient Roman Gold Coins Discovered In Italy — And They Could Be Worth Millions

Roman Gold Coins

MiBAC/FacebookThe crack in the stone jar revealed the hundreds of ancient Roman gold coins that were inside of it.

Archeologists conducting a dig underneath the Cressoni Theater in Como, Italy on Sept. 5 were surprised by the astounding discovery of hundreds of gold coins that date back to the late Roman imperial era in the fifth century.

“We do not yet know in detail the historical and cultural significance of this discovery but this area is a real treasure for our archeology,” said Italian Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli in a Facebook post following the discovery.

The coins were found in a soapstone jug that’d been slightly cracked open to reveal the glittering gold coins inside of it.

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John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.