What’s up with Two Thousand Year Old Trees?

I heard a story about a guy who hired a drag line operator to dig out a pond on his property. The operator was digging for about three hours and was down about twenty five feet into the earth when he hit something big. He kept on digging and removed the dirt from the side of the object.

Then he climbed down into the hole with a shovel and moved the dirt away from the object. It turned out that the object was a big tree; in fact it was a huge white pine tree. He moved his machine around so that he could get ahold of the tree and pull it out. As he continued to dig he discovered more trees. He pulled those out of the hole also. A teacher in the nearby town heard about the trees and contacted a local University. The University sent someone out to radiocarbon date the trees. It turned out that they were two thousand years old.

They speculated that there was a tornado or straight line winds that blew the trees over and they fell into water. Over time sediments cover the trees and preserved them. The wood was still good and they cut the trees up and used the wood to build houses.

White Pine Road

Photo credits: Christopher Bies.
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I have been taking pictures for a long time and it is still one of my favorite things to do. When my camera comes out of its case, time disappears and I become totally immersed in the process of taking photos and videos.

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December 16, 2016

I am glad that you liked my story Generalul2015 and Martingraf.


December 14, 2016

I would like to have a house build with those trees - interesting story, thanks for sharing


December 14, 2016

nice story :)


December 12, 2016

Thank you, Physi28.


December 12, 2016

Interesting story!