Mary McIntyre digs archaeology.

And she seems to have her own personal dig in her back yard. McIntyre, who lives on Greenlane Road near Hawkesbury, stopped in with what looks like an unusual find. As she picked up a piece of shale a few years ago, it split apart and revealed what she immediately recognized as today’s hashtag symbol– a “#”– or pound sign.

Philip Bradley recently shared what seems to be another find from McIntyre’s property– a piece of fossified stone that he is working to identify. McIntyre showed the unusual stone, which looks like a piece of bone embedded in rock, to Bradley, while he was working on a small construction project at her home.  Bradley shares McIntyre’s fascination with ancient history and brought the rock to The Review. The Review connected Bradley with a retired expert, who, in turn, has sent photos of the find to a paleontologist. Read that story here.

McIntyre had set the rock aside but when Bradley saw it, he thought it was worth finding out more about it.

Likewise, McIntyre would now like to know more about the hashtag symbol which seems to be painted on a piece of shale.

McIntyre says that when she and her partner moved to the property about 20 years ago, there was a pile of rubble that she says came out of a ground well.

There were seashell and fern fossils in that rock pile, she related, adding that she does not know how deep the well was, but thinks it was about 12 feet deep.

“I have had it for a few years but I would be really interested to learn what it is,” ended McIntyre.

Mary McIntyre has not touched what she is guessing is some kind of white pigment used to write this symbol on this piece of shale. She says she picked up the rock and it simply split open to reveal this symbol.
Photo: Louise Sproule