25. May 2016, 12:54
Participating in clean-ups always makes you a bit of an archaeologist-anthropologist; the trash talks volumes about the people leaving it behind. Sometimes you might actually find something culturally or historically significant during cleaning up an area. Here are some of this spring’s clean-ups most surprising finds.
In Lithuania the volunteers pulled out a whole muddy old Volkswagen Golf from the River Danes. Also a Soviet anti-tank grenade PG-2 was found and later disarmed.
Latvians came across 10 euros, a lonely little Easter egg under a tree, various old musical instruments and a variety of antiques.
Ukrainian volunteers found a class journal (and now we know who’s been naughty and nice at school X), a field of mercury lamps and a whole Losing My Religion starter pack: a Bible with a rosary.
To Estonia goes the title for The Most Romantic Find as in Häädemeeste a message in a bottle was found on the beach. The letter inside the bottle might or might not have been written by a 21-year-old Latvian lady who hopes to find herself a millionaire as a husband and become a Victoria’s Secret model. In Saue people cleaning two cult stones found a third one nearby.
The most curious discoveries of the Czech Republic were an unexploded bomb from World War II and a nationwide wanted person. In the city of Litoměřice a collection of steam irons was found.
By Helena Läks, Let’s Do It! Newsletter team