Man Finds Bullet and Jawbone While Digging in His 'Garden of Death'

A man has branded his backyard the "garden of death" after he was planting a tree and dug up a jawbone, a bullet casing and a military button.

Roy Maloy took to his TikTok account, @roymaloy4, to share a video, explaining he was doing a bit of gardening when he made the gruesome discovery.

Maloy, from Australia, said: "You may or may not know I love my garden, and I was digging the other day and I found this.

"I was making a small hole, so that's part of a mandarin tree, as I was digging I found this. It's a button, a military button. I googled it, and it's the lion of the Prussian army, pre world war one, around world war one time.

"I thought I'd put in another tree, so I started digging a second hole, and while I was digging, starting turning up a couple of bits of pottery, and also what appears to be, a jawbone.

"I think there's another tooth just there. Police have been called."

The clip cuts and shows an officer at the scene, examining the bones while wearing gloves.

The cop is joined by colleagues, who photograph the bones, using pens as a scale of reference.

The video, captioned "that moment when you're digging in your garden and you dig up #humanremains," was originally shared in January, where it amassed more than 150,000 views and can be seen here.

But Maloy uploaded it to the site again, on Saturday, under the current trend of re-sharing your most popular video from the past year.

Numerous people commented on the original clip, with some questioning how the button ended up Down Under.


That moment when you’re digging in your garden and you dig up HumanRemains. #Archeology #TimeTeam #Exhume #BodyParts #Artefact

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Responding to queries, Maloy wrote: "We had a huge migration influx between 1900-WWII, many of whom were European and war veterans."

The jaw bone in particular spiked interest among TikTokers, as Nicky Anthes wrote: "What a find! I hope they didn't wreck your garden though. If they dig anymore, you could build a pool."

John Jackson commented: "Dealt with something similar a few years back. Took photos of bones and they were sent to an anthropologist."

Elleee thought: "It could be an old family pet too. Not necessarily a human jaw. Me being me, I would have kept digging."

While Shane Southworth added: "Previous owners have something they're hiding."

Maloy shared a part two for fans, revealing the outcome of the police's enquiry into the bone fragment.

He said: "So the police gave me the results back from that bone what I found in the garden, and it was a pig bone. Pig jaw, to be clear.

"But this is the garden bed I was digging, and I admit, it does look surprisingly like the same shape and size where I'd bury a body, however it's not a body.

"And today while finishing off the bed I found this in my happy little garden of death.

"This is a bullet casing," he said holding up the weaponry, which looks very old. He asked anyone who was able to identify it to leave a comment.

"Judging by the rest of the debris in the garden it's a 100-year-old bullet shell... But ultimately, bullet casing, pig jaw bone, garden of death."

Pigs and humans have surprisingly similar physiology, which is why the animals are often used in medical research.

The Australian Academy of Science states humans and pigs have similar "anatomic and physiologic traits, such as organ placement (and often size and function), skin similarities and some disease progression."

It wrote: "A pig weighing around 60 kilograms [about 130 pounds] will, for example, resemble a human body in many ways, including fat distribution, cover of hair and ability to attract insects."

Newsweek reached out to Maloy for comment.

File photo of a jawbone.
File photo of a jawbone. A man digging in his garden came across a bullet casing and some bones and teeth. lucagal/Getty Images