James Van Der Beek Unearthed in Archaeological Dig

08/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

An archaeological dig in Turkey unburied former teen heartthrob James Van Der Beek, finally revealing where he's been for the past decade.

While the goal of the dig was to uncover ruins from the Ottoman Empire, the archaeologist who first saw Van Der Beek showed no surprise and calmly announced, "I found him. We got Van Der Beek," and continued on with his work.

"It makes perfect sense that he was buried under there," said the man who made the discovery, acknowledging that's the only place he could have been since the end of Dawson's Creek. "What doesn't make sense is why he was buried so deep. He was among artifacts from thousands of year ago. Literally hundreds of feet in the ground."

Van Der Beek, known for playing characters you want to smack, dusted himself off and headed toward the camp to grab a glass of water, as if nothing out of the ordinary had occurred. Crew members say he slapped a few people on the back, said "thanks, homes," and walked off.

And as soon as he came, he was gone.

"I almost didn't report it in the log," the crew leader recalled, referring to the discovery as 'no big deal'. "If it had been Joshua Jackson, then we'd have a something to write home about."

-Dan Abramson,

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