A few weeks ago, construction crews stumbled upon a
mammoth tusk while excavating in South Lake Union. The tusk was removed
by staff from the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture and is
now housed at the museum, encased in plaster, where it will dry out for
the next year or so. The fossil was a once-in-a-decade find, but local museums like the
Burke and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) have hidden gems
in storage and get calls from people every week who think they have the
next great treasure.