Every time a person digs a hole, a little tiny part of them hopes that unbury an ancient buried treasure. Don’t even act like you don’t. It’s the ultimate dream to dive into a pile of money like Scrooge McDuck. Well, a crew of construction workers in Spain got to live out that fantasy recently when they uncovered roughly 1300 pounds (600 kilograms) worth of bronze and silver coated Roman coins.
The coins were never used and were buried in amphoras, which is a type of ceramic container widely used in Ancient times (picture in tweet below). Amazingly, they were only buried about 3 feet (1m) underground. The Seville Archeological Museum was ecstatic over the find and believe the coins date back as far as the 4th century. To their knowledge, no other coins like these have been found and they place the value of them as “incalculable,” reports the Telegraph.
The coins are believed to have been set aside to pay soldiers or civil servants. Many of the ones that have been examined so far have the likes of Constantine and Maximian, both Roman Emperors, on the backside of them.
Construction work in the area has been halted temporarily until archaeologists can determine if there are any other artifacts hiding in the area. Now word yet on whether or not those construction workers that found the coins are filthy stinking rich, but it’s probably a safe bet that they won’t see much of the treasure.
Below is a video of some more images of the coins uncovered, shared by the Telegraph
There’s no doubt that construction workers do not get enough recognition for the hard work they put into building our nation's structures. At the end of each project, the workers are typically on to the next jobsite while executives and politicians are cutting the ribbon on their new facility.
Virginia, which averages a just slightly higher than average cost of living, is next on our countdown at #31. The state is all over the board when it comes to profession by profession breakdown, with several rankings in the 40s, 30s, 20s, and teens. Their lone profession to be ranked in the top 10 is construction managers, who have an average hourly wage of $51.46, after adjustment, which is good for 6th highest in the country.
New Mexico, our nation's 47th state, lands at #32 on our continued state-by-state countdown. After adjusting for the state's lower cost of living (5.9% lower than national average), New Mexico jumped roughly 8 spots on the list. There were 3 construction professions ranked in the top 10 versus all other states, including solar panel installers, reinforcing iron and rebar workers, and welders.
Last Monday, a 13-story building in Miami Beach was in the process of being manually demolished when the building suddenly came crashing down, some of it horizontally, and critically injured 1 of the demolition contractor’s project managers. There have been some developments in the story that we would like to update you on.
I promised myself that I wasn't going to mention potatoes, so I won't. That doesn't count. Coming in at #33 in our countdown is the state of Idaho, often referred to as the "Gem State." Boosted by their relatively low cost of living at 8.7% below the national average, Idaho jumped 11 spots after adjustment.
There are a ton of songs about the city of New York, but that unfortunately doesn't help the state in our countdown. Despite having the 4th highest cost of living, at 31.6% higher than the national average (according to MERIC), New York did still manage to land a few construction professions in the top 10, like crane operators, roofers, and concrete finishers, even after adjusting the numbers.
For the third year in a row, Seattle, Washington has the most construction cranes in their city’s skyline, a clear sign that the west coast city is still in a major growth period. Around Christmas 2016, the first year Seattle lead the most cranes race, the city put on an awesome lights show and shared an impressive video of the cranes lighting up the skyline, which you can watch here.
If not for having the lowest cost of living in the country, according to the MERIC data, MIssissippi would be in contention for the lowest ranking on our list. However, having a 14.5% lower than the national average boosted the state up 15 spots to #35 after adjustment.
OSHA's new crystalline silica dust exposure regulations officially went into effect on September 23, 2017. Over the past 10 months, there has been plenty of confusion about the lung disease causing material. In the first 6 months after the effective date, OSHA's inspectors yielded 116 violations across the country.