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Look back into the history of water wells and you will see that they go back for many centuries, with some of the oldest created in Israel, India, and China. Wells are not always covered, so it should be no surprise that a lot of unexpected things get inside them. While we certainly hope that you never find anything but good, clean drinkable water in your well, some weird items have shown up over the years. Here are a few of them.


One of the more common creepy things that can get into modern wells, even those properly managed and capped, are animals, birds or insects. In fact, animals drown in wells more often than one would think. In 2015, a live tiger was found in a well in India. The tiger fell 20 feet to the bottom of the well but didn’t drown due to the low water level. The tiger was rescued and returned to her home.

Human bodies

It is certainly horrible and creepy, but not completely surprising, that wells would be seen as convenient places to dispose of bodies.  In 2014, archaeologists found a mass grave inside a 9th century well in a village in France. No one is sure why the bodies are there, but they may have been victims of war, marauders, or disease.


A 2,000 year old Roman shoe was found in the bottom of a well in Germany. It is made of leather and looks to be in good condition. It was considered quite fashionable for the time and historians can only speculate as to how it might have gotten in there.

Pieces of history become part of the future

A lead cargo shipping tag was discovered at the bottom of a well at James Fort on Jamestown Island in Virginia. Representing many years of history, it was chosen to be a part of the future as well. The tag, found by archaeologists, is believed to be from a trunk that arrived there from England in around 1611. To honor the tag and the distance travelled on behalf of human settlement and exploration, this artifact went into space with NASA aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2007.

If you want to be sure of what is in your drinking and bathing water, have your water tested regularly. While it is not likely that there is anything as scary as a tiger in the well, water well testing will show if any common contaminates like radon or bacteria are in there. While bodies and animals are scary to be sure, it is the threats in the water we can’t see with the naked eye that pose the biggest risks. Click here for more information.