A northside resident figured the old gravestones he had found in a swamp would make a great conversation piece as part of a new foundation for his home.

He was right.Police and cemetery workers were talking about them Tuesday, trying to determine how nearly one dozen old headstones made their way from a cemetery to the Buckeye Basin, where Terry Weaver said he found them.

Some of the stones date to the turn of the century. Weaver said he collected them and took them home for use on a renovation project on his house. Weaver said he just wanted them as a conversation piece.

A foreman at the city-owned cemetery says the stones are discards, but he noted that old head stones are not supposed to be taken from the cemetery.

The foreman of Forest Cemetery said when headstones are changed, the old ones are defaced or tossed into a pile.