Joy of Home Ownership: Buried Mystery in the Backyard

Our pal Carl of the Warehouse was digging in his backyard early one morning, and found this a mystery buried

Soon I realize it's not a simple concrete paver. It looks almost like brick. Then like a brick wall. What's that doing here? I trace it across a foot, discovering a pattern. It looks like "NNNNNN" and I think nothing of it, just wondering what on earth the previous owners were thinking. Suddenly I realize it's not an abstract pattern. They're letters.

It's a man's name.

Oh please tell me there isn't a casket running up under the hedgerow, next to the deck, next to the great room of my house. I picture a silent Puritan funeral, heavy black robes, and a guy with a concrete mixer.
Our house was the first house on this entire tract of land...but it's only 35ish years old.

What *is* that thing? What should Carl do? Dig it up or leave it buried? Link - Thanks Carl!

Update 5/10/08: Carl has found a second object next to the one he dug up recently.

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Sorry to be logical, but they're probably some kind of over-engineered foundation for a trellis or swing or something. The bent over bolts held the sill/lumber to it. When the structure came down, Tony thwacked the bolts over when he buried it so no one would impale their feet when walking over the thinnly covered foundation.

I agree, check with the neighbors. Likely something the kids used when they were little and Tony took down when they were out of the house.
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