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Reply Lauren
10:32 AM on April 1, 2017 

Hi everyone! I just discovered a privy pit under my back patio in Center City Philadelphia. I'm not sure exactly how old my house is, but it's at least 100 years old. Is anyone interested in digging for bottles with me?

Reply Rick Weiner
7:52 PM on February 7, 2017 

JOELLE says...

HAVE YOU FOUND ALOT OF COLBPLT BLUE BOTTLES?



Not lately but yes a pretty decent amount. Once we dug 35 1850s blue beers and sodas in onr pit.

Reply Kassie
4:08 PM on August 30, 2016 

While digging fence holes in my Cobble Hill back yard, we've uncovered a well or privy.  It's a bit deep, with stacked stones in a round shape the size of a hula hoop.  No evidence of treasure, and we cannot stop to do an exploration, alas!  


Reply JOELLE
7:53 PM on August 29, 2016 

HAVE YOU FOUND ALOT OF COLBPLT BLUE BOTTLES?

Reply Rick Weiner
9:25 PM on August 3, 2016 

Tommy T says...
Hello!A New friend I just met in MO. has brought to my attention that he was digging to make a garden in his yard this summer. While digging he came across a collection of old bottles buried right there in the dirt. How they got there is a mystery but he claims his yard is full of these items. Would you please help us out by giving the reason how any why he stumbled upon this mystery if you could please let us know.SincerelyTommy T.
                                


 

Hi Tommy the house must be an older one. I don't know what kind of bottles you are finding but back in the 19th century people threw their trash down the "outhouse hole" especially if it was located in a town or city. There was no where to go with the trash, So down it went. Also they would dig small holes better known as "Trash pits" and bury small amounts of bottles etc. Sounds like he is finding trash holes. Outhouse holes "prvies" are 8 to 10 feet on an average.

 


Reply Tommy T
5:21 AM on August 1, 2016 
Hello! A New friend I just met in MO. has brought to my attention that he was digging to make a garden in his yard this summer. While digging he came across a collection of old bottles buried right there in the dirt. How they got there is a mystery but he claims his yard is full of these items. Would you please help us out by giving the reason how any why he stumbled upon this mystery if you could please let us know. Sincerely Tommy T.
Reply Katia de Pena
12:44 PM on July 24, 2016 

Hello, there. 

Thank you so much for this page. I work in film/tv production, and you need to know how valuable your work is to those of us who do this job. At the moment, i am looking for two laudenum bottles, circa 1842, and another pair for 1859. (We need doubles on everything we use, so the two bottles for each era must match as much as possible.) Not an easy task, but your page helps to at least know what I am looking for! 

Reply CORNSMOKE
3:12 PM on July 15, 2016 

... great foto's !!  ..supersweeet site !!!     ... :)

Reply Doug
10:33 PM on July 9, 2016 
I live in Baltimore County Maryland in an approximately 200 year old house. Wherever I dig on the property I find pieces of plates and other pottery. I would like to know if anyone in the area would like to search for and dig the privy.
Reply Brent
1:00 AM on July 7, 2016 
Awesome site ! Great bottles
Reply Rick Weiner
7:16 PM on May 21, 2016 

Cool site Hans-Jürgen Krackher

I will add your link to my page.  Rick

Reply Hans-Jürgen Krackher
6:01 PM on May 21, 2016 

love your site and your adventures! from germany, i´m digging to the roots of coke into the net. my objective is to write a softdrink-story. schweppes from 1783 is the coke of the 18/19th century. my "spiritschweppes wunderkammer" is in establishing. you are welcome to have a look at www.spiritschweppes.com and https://de.pinterest.com/spiritschweppes/the-art-of-eggbottles/ nice and helpful to meet you! all the best hans-jürgen



Reply Jeff Kent
10:02 AM on April 27, 2016 

A lot of useful and interesting information here for beginning diggers, thanks. I live in North central Westchester County NY and there are plenty of places to dig.

Reply Jack
9:36 AM on April 16, 2016 

Beautiful stories and pictures.  Great site!

Reply Mike Burkett
1:47 PM on April 5, 2016 

Great Site :)

Reply Rick Weiner
9:37 PM on February 19, 2016 

Anyway always wished I got involved! Would you consider taking a member of yours out for the day to watch help or just get involved? If so please consider me! thanks again for sharing ......Mike


Where do you live Mike?

Reply Rick Weiner
9:34 PM on February 19, 2016 

Dea says...
I found a dig site that as far as I can tell goes back to the 1920's. I have unearthed 100's of bottles. Is this site old enough?


Depends on how old you like your bottles? For me no it's not old enough. I have been digging since I was 15 I dug the 1920s stuff, I got for the old bottles 1850s to 188os now

Reply Dea
8:07 AM on February 19, 2016 
I found a dig site that as far as I can tell goes back to the 1920's. I have unearthed 100's of bottles. Is this site old enough?
Reply Mike
3:28 PM on February 17, 2016 
Rick thank you for sharing your wonderful website , stories ,pictures and all! 20 years ago a coworker of mine shared his stories of hunting and collecting antique bottles times changed and we parted ways but he gave me one of his finds as a keepsake ! Which turns out is pretty valuable. Anyway always wished I got involved! Would you consider taking a member of yours out for the day to watch help or just get involved? If so please consider me! thanks again for sharing ......Mike
Reply Eric
10:55 PM on February 16, 2016 

Great site! So many awesome bottles. Really enjoy seeing bottle pics fresh out of the ground. Thanks