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Archaeologists have found a 132-year-old rifle propped against a tree in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park.
It is unclear exactly how long the Winchester rifle had been left there, but it was long enough to leave the stock cracked and buried in dirt.
“It really is a mystery,” said Nichole Andler, a spokeswoman for the park.
The park is located in the eastern part of Nevada, and and is known for its caves and 5,000-year-old pine trees.
Ms Andler said the gun might have been overlooked in the past because the grey stock of the wood blended in with the tree.
The gun will be preserved in its current state and put on display at the park.