While digging in The Lake - I don't know, for clams or to get a rock out or something - we found this really weird bone! It turned out to be a big jaw bone, probably of a horse. Neat, cool.
I imagined that a long time ago before we came here (we have owned the property since about 1976) someones horse died and they dumped it in The lake. Or maybe the horse fell in and drowned. Anyway, at least its jaw ended up just off of our pier. Or maybe the whole skeleton is down there!
I cleaned up the bone and put it proudly on my workbench but after a few days when it dried out it just fell apart. Apparently when you take something out of the water after a long time it does that.
I should have known that because we saw The Mary Rose, Henry the Eight's warship that sank in the Solent and was raised some 400 years later. They keep it in a special room where water is sprayed on it 24 hours a day.
We also saw the Vasa in Sweden, a Viking ship that was pulled out of the harbor and is on display, with water sprayed over it all the time.
Funny story about the Vasa. They found this book on it. Wow they thought, a book more than a thousand years old. After carefully preserving and restoring was started, it turned out to be a modern Oslo telephone book!