Every old house has its secrets - from hidden treasures in the crawl space and secret doors to creepy basement passages and dark attics filled with ancient valuables. The history is all around us, and if you look hard enough, you can find a treasure trove inside your home. Below you'll see a list of people who made unintentional 'archeological' discoveries when on the task of home renovation and then found a way to put them to good use.

Some of the artifacts are small, like coins hidden in the wall, while others are more permanent features to the structure of the building, such as an old well in the floor and secret rooms. No matter the size we can all agree it's pretty cool to come across clues that tell us about times past, so scroll down below and enjoy these 'rare antiquities.' Don't forget to upvote your favs and may your treasure hunt be lucky!

P.S.: The story behind the razor blade slot that quite a few people find when home remodeling has a simple explanation - some houses built before the 1970s had these slits for razor disposal for two reasons. One was that the razors were dangerous to put in general trash, and the second was that people didn't think about littering and trash the way we do now. For them, waste used to 'magically' disappear, so dropping them into a secret place between your bathroom walls seemed like a great idea.

#1

They Found The Old Bath Under Their Living Room

They Found The Old Bath Under Their Living Room

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Jamie Hill
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11 months ago

That’s a hot tub not a bathtub.

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#2

Pulled Up The Carpet At The House, And Guess What I Found!

Pulled Up The Carpet At The House, And Guess What I Found!

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

Now you can argue with your family all over again, but bigger!

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#3

Treasure In My Bathroom

Treasure In My Bathroom

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, wow wow. I wonder the story behind, how can one leave that ring? What happened to original owners!

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#4

I Was Helping My Dad Move Into His New Office, When We Found A Trapdoor

I Was Helping My Dad Move Into His New Office, When We Found A Trapdoor

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diane a
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2 years ago

I would be fascinated to go through all that stuff

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#5

This Vintage Space Themed Wallpaper Found Under 3 Layers Of Other Wallpaper In An Old Farm House

This Vintage Space Themed Wallpaper Found Under 3 Layers Of Other Wallpaper In An Old Farm House

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

That'd be cool for a kids' room

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#6

The Walgreens In My Neighborhood Used To Be A Bank And They Used Its Vault As Their Vitamin Section

The Walgreens In My Neighborhood Used To Be A Bank And They Used Its Vault As Their Vitamin Section

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Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen restaurants built in old banks where you can eat in the vault... Very cool

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#7

Friend Was Redecorating His New House And Found This Under A Layer Of Wallpaper

Friend Was Redecorating His New House And Found This Under A Layer Of Wallpaper

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

You should definitely find a way to restore it and not cower it again

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#8

Found A Paw Print On A Brick Wall

Found A Paw Print On A Brick Wall

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Max L.
Community Member
2 years ago

Possibly comes directly from the brick factory !

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#9

The Table At This Pub Has A Well In The Middle Of It (England)

The Table At This Pub Has A Well In The Middle Of It (England)

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

That is really cool, anyone knows where exactly it is?

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#10

Untouched 1800's Cemetery Preserved In The Basement Of A Tall Building Built Over It

Untouched 1800's Cemetery Preserved In The Basement Of A Tall Building Built Over It

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LittleGrayMouse
Community Member
2 years ago

That's rather creepy

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#11

My Grandparents Have A Glassed-Over Well In Their Kitchen

My Grandparents Have A Glassed-Over Well In Their Kitchen

They bought the house 10 years ago, they stripped it down and they found it then. They thought it was quite unique and wanted it as a feature, it’s about 25 foot deep and connects to a small old river that ran under a long time ago. Fortunately I have yet to see anything down there!

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Cláudia Reis
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1 year ago

Where does the light in it come from?

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#12

Our New Apartment Has A Little Milk Door Under The Cabinets

Our New Apartment Has A Little Milk Door Under The Cabinets

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Samantha Comerford
Community Member
2 years ago

That is so cute .

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#13

My Friend Decided To Replace Her Old Carpet And She Found A Cellar Door And A Cool Surprise

My Friend Decided To Replace Her Old Carpet And She Found A Cellar Door And A Cool Surprise

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

I would be worried that the 'surprise' waiting for me after opening a secret cellar door would be eternal damnation and pure unbridled evil carnage...

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#14

My Apartment Is An Old Police Station And Still Has The Original Cell Doors But Painted

My Apartment Is An Old Police Station And Still Has The Original Cell Doors But Painted

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

I will probably paint black bars on it to make it more realistic!

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#15

Found Some Friends In A Mile-Long Tunnel That Travels Beneath My Apartment Building

Found Some Friends In A Mile-Long Tunnel That Travels Beneath My Apartment Building

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen this Dr Who episode, just run or be come one of them!

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#16

Lost Hippie Mural Found Under My Flooded House

Lost Hippie Mural Found Under My Flooded House

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Max L.
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks painted under the influence

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#17

Found A Message While Removing Our Cork Floor Tiles

Found A Message While Removing Our Cork Floor Tiles

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Max L.
Community Member
2 years ago

Let them know !

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#18

My Living Room Was Built Around A Huge Sandstone Rock

My Living Room Was Built Around A Huge Sandstone Rock

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LittleGrayMouse
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks futuristic!

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#19

This Wall Broke Exposing Years Of Layers Of Paint

This Wall Broke Exposing Years Of Layers Of Paint

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KaPOW
Community Member
2 years ago

Think of all that space you are losing, scrape it off and gain and extra cm!

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#20

Found Some Nice Drawings Under The Wallpaper I'm Removing

Found Some Nice Drawings Under The Wallpaper I'm Removing

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

That's pretty good

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#21

100-Year-Old Elevator Handle I Saved

100-Year-Old Elevator Handle I Saved

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

I have so much urge to give it a Go! Like they show it in movies!

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#22

These "Tom And Jerry" Type Mouse Holes Gnawed In A House Built In 1741

These "Tom And Jerry" Type Mouse Holes Gnawed In A House Built In 1741

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm just waiting for the little cartoon mice to pop up!

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#23

Uncovered At A Times Square Construction Site

Uncovered At A Times Square Construction Site

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Amanda Ford
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2 years ago

I wish they would preserve stuff like that.

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#24

I've Been Living In My House And I Just Noticed My Back Door Handle Is A Spoon

I've Been Living In My House And I Just Noticed My Back Door Handle Is A Spoon

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Not bad at all!

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#25

The House I'm Staying In Has Kept Its Original Well As A Feature

The House I'm Staying In Has Kept Its Original Well As A Feature

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope. I've seen the Ring, I know what happens

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#26

So I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And Made A Big Discovery

So I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And Made A Big Discovery

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S Bagci
Community Member
2 years ago

That is awesome. Imagine having this extra space that you aren't paying for . Its awesome. I would clean it and make it livable and not tell anyone.

Jenny Mason
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm pretty sure this is the UK, the red box on the top step is a Virgin Media equipment package (possibly Wi-Fi router) and the CCFC is Coventry City Football Club.

I-ate-all-the-cheese
Community Member
2 years ago

or Cardiff city football club

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Steffen Beth
Community Member
2 years ago

See more pictures here: https://www.boredpanda.com/man-discovers-secret-dungeon-new-apartment/?cexp_id=12176&cexp_var=1&_f=featured

Maualo Velflo
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you sir

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Ruth Hempsey
Community Member
2 years ago

Covfefe

Marsha Sturgill
Community Member
2 years ago

I would clean it and finish it out for usable space.

Arthu Rote
Community Member
2 years ago

It is perfect for a mini bar with a pool table.

Rocky Joe
Community Member
2 years ago

The fight club dungeon

Mixedupste
Community Member
2 years ago

Guess they were a Coventry City fan then?

Ani Archeron
Community Member
2 years ago

i've always wanted a secret room - for all my books!

Eleanor Orser
Community Member
2 years ago

Sublet the space

Susan Forbes
Community Member
2 years ago

Or Airbnb

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Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

A whole extra room, with its own story.

LittleGrayMouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Little bit of renovation and you have a pretty neat basement!

Susan Callihan
Community Member
2 years ago

No bodies . . . yet?

Ash E
Community Member
2 years ago

Add some hand prints and you've got Blair Witch.

Alexandra Perry
Community Member
2 years ago

More square footage to your apartment! For free too!

Iñaki Tofiño
Community Member
2 years ago

Plenty of storage space!

Elfmonkey
Community Member
2 years ago

While it'd be cool to find something like this, these pics just make me think of Natascha Kampusch...

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh if a criminal would live there it's a dream com true for him.

Tina Colegrove
Community Member
11 months ago

I would be wondering and checking for old records to see what it use to be first also check for any crimes committed there

Peggy Beaumont
Community Member
11 months ago

Wow

Annick English
Community Member
11 months ago

No one wondering why the floor stones are removed? I would want cadaver dogs in before anything else

Lucy Howard
Community Member
11 months ago

Brilliant 🧡💛❤️

Marie Sitaro
Community Member
11 months ago

Have you seen the film, Parasite?

James Gregory
Community Member
11 months ago

Seen this

Charlie Giles
Community Member
11 months ago

how did they not know though? surely the estate agents get given blueprints of the house or something?

Donita Forrest
Community Member
11 months ago

It's terrifying

Wade Humber
Community Member
1 year ago

Yikes... a murder room! lol

Crybabyartist
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah make a major man cave down there!

jevais
Community Member
1 year ago

More room to store things. What a bonus.

Tim Huvane
Community Member
1 year ago

Clean it out real good, and make it your mancave!

Naureen Sultan
Community Member
1 year ago

Best place for Party time

Noel Benavente
Community Member
1 year ago

WOOW! I would make it a man cave :D

Jenna Dodson
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like whom ever lived there prior found it but wasnt going down there seeing they stored things right on top step😆

Heather Edwards
Community Member
2 years ago

Coventry City Football Club?

Sharon Tiede
Community Member
2 years ago

Creepy but you could clean it up and create a vintage styles privat bar/lounge! 😍

King of the Clouds
Community Member
2 years ago

Hire a cleanup crew and put some carpet in and you could have a movie dungeon

Michela Dorman
Community Member
2 years ago

Definitely needs to be turned into a gameroom!

jevais
Community Member
2 years ago

Make this in a music and tv room. Or maybe a small disco, that way you can make all the noise you wish.

jevais
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic more space for free.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 years ago

Woahhhhh...

Stan Chung
Community Member
2 years ago

Lots of nope there!

Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

I must be a wuss, many of these things would freak me out!

Craig Moody
Community Member
2 years ago

Bring out the gimp

Lois Pack
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazing space, good for a utility room.

Beto Galindo
Community Member
2 years ago

someone was killed there and now it's a haunted apartment.

Susann Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

You got the original landlords or hand mans apartment. You are very lucky. Don't tell anyone okay? Or you can tell everyone you have your own garage and show them hot wheels !

Roxanne Horbatuck
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s pretty cool

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
2 years ago

No fair--this guy got his own BP article.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

Saw this one in a separate BP post

Rene Norton
Community Member
2 years ago

PARTY ROOM!

Robert HOWELL
Community Member
2 years ago

CFC chlorofluorocarbon

Ann Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

Chelsea football club, must be in the UK. OK was a typical 1970s football fan slogan

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#27

While Renovating My Basement We Found This Painting On The Cement Behind The Wall

While Renovating My Basement We Found This Painting On The Cement Behind The Wall

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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

The origins of Burning Man!

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#28

I Recently Moved Into A 70s Porn Motif Dream Home. This Is My Bathtub

I Recently Moved Into A 70s Porn Motif Dream Home. This Is My Bathtub

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Honestly, to me it looks like just a wash basin, may its the perspective which is making it look small or that is really small bath tub for midgets!

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#29

Apparently, Disposing Of Old Razor Blades Inside Your Wall Was Acceptable In The 1950's

Apparently, Disposing Of Old Razor Blades Inside Your Wall Was Acceptable In The 1950's

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

In their defence it is labelled 'razor blades'.' Where else could you possibly dispose of them?

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#30

This Mail Slot In A Building I Was In Today Sends The Mail Down 17 Stories To The Basement. Original From 1929

This Mail Slot In A Building I Was In Today Sends The Mail Down 17 Stories To The Basement. Original From 1929

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

I love it the way it is maintained and preserved. A gateway to 1929!

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#31

My House Still Has Old-Fashioned Light Switches From Its Original Construction

My House Still Has Old-Fashioned Light Switches From Its Original Construction

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Bunzilla
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2 years ago

Careful, there might be knob and tube in there, and that stuff is bad news.

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#32

This Building Has The Original 1909 Electrical Switches

This Building Has The Original 1909 Electrical Switches

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

That's smart. I bet they are still better (better quality, made of better materials, more durable) then new ones. As long there's still someone who knows how they work and how to fix them and as long you can find spare parts for them... OK that might be a problem. But as decoration and for a history lesson it works

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#33

Found This 20-Year-Old Promise Hidden Under The Wallpaper In Our New House

Found This 20-Year-Old Promise Hidden Under The Wallpaper In Our New House

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LittleGrayMouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Just as the Spice Girls are starting touring again!

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#34

Friend Tore Down His Wall For Renovations And Found This Mural On Another Wall Behind It

Friend Tore Down His Wall For Renovations And Found This Mural On Another Wall Behind It

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LittleGrayMouse
Community Member
2 years ago

That's pretty!

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#35

My House Used To Be A Bank, So We Use The Old Safe/Vault As A Basement

My House Used To Be A Bank, So We Use The Old Safe/Vault As A Basement

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

You so need to stash non-perishable foods and a med kit in there.

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#36

There's A Random Chain Embedded In The Wall Of My 1930s-Era Home

There's A Random Chain Embedded In The Wall Of My 1930s-Era Home

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

We need to know more about this!

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#37

A House My Girlfriend And I Looked At Had A Shower In The Guest Room

A House My Girlfriend And I Looked At Had A Shower In The Guest Room

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty Neat and convenient!

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#38

The Fan In My Toilet (Probably From The 70s) Has The Same Logo As Beats By Dre

The Fan In My Toilet (Probably From The 70s) Has The Same Logo As Beats By Dre

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Capra Vecinului
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2 years ago

This was Dr. Dre's biggest fan!

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#39

My House Still Has The Original Light Switches

My House Still Has The Original Light Switches

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ptm45
Community Member
2 years ago

the nostalgia it evokes is good but i'm thinking you need to have the electrical rewired but keep the swtiches

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