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Ancient Buried Cypress Wood

Around 220 AD, a Cypress tree sprouted in South Louisiana. Over the next 750 years, it grew big and tall, reaching 6’ in diameter. Then, around 970 AD, it fell. Maybe it was a massive hurricane or old age that brought it down; it might have been the shifting Mississippi River, no one knows. It quickly became buried in the soft soil and its massive trunk was preserved. Over the next 1,000+ years, it laid there. No sounds, no sunlight, no air. By all accounts, it was frozen in time. Over the centuries, 35’ of soil eventually covered it, as a thousand years of coastal tides and weather pushed it farther beneath the surface.

In the Fall of 2012, a dredging operation discovered it while digging deep. This Cypress tree, which we named BC-001/BC-002, was so large that it had to be extracted in two massive sections totaling 32’ long. And then they found another, and then another. In total, 14 buried Cypress trees were found of varying size and age. Some still had bark on them. A find like this is so unusual, it’s beyond “rare”. It’s virtually unprecedented.  

The grain of the buried Cypress wood is rich in color, ranging from tan to olive to brown to red to grey. There are gorgeous cathedrals and incredibly tight growth rings that shimmer and seem to glow, attesting to the unusual resting place among mineral-rich soil. Some pieces have crotch grain, some have quilting, some have pecky. Through third-party radiocarbon dating by the worldwide leader, Beta Analytic Labs, we have meticulously documented the age of each tree.   We have sawn them into the widest and longest slabs possible, ranging from 10” to 50” wide, 2.25” or 3.25” thick, and up to 20' long! All slabs have been individually numbered, photographed and listed here for sale. They have been slowly kiln dried over several years.