Okay,....as of last week we planned to try for a privy or two for a change,....The place we had lined up produced no definite privys, but we did find an old B.F. Stinson polish, just laying under a tree....Fred had to get back home, as we hadn't really planned an official dig, and he was over our way looking for a utility truck...Penn Digger Tom and I went to our permission, but got caught in a downpour...., went back after it let up and wandered the woods behind this property,....other than the stove polish, we couldn't locate anything.... we had no where to go and drove downtown....We pulled up at a demolition site, the wreckage was still there, but Penn Digger noticed two depressions in the lawn adjacent. We had the probe and it went right in like Ricks "Magic probe" video....We opened up the first spot with a clay cap and it was either a mighty shallow privy, or a trash pit,...a lot of glass, shoes, crockery.....but not too deep,.... maybe 3-4 feet...Meanwhile,....Penn Digger started on the other spot....We were ill prepared for any digs....One shovel, no camera and two potato rakes....We got both holes open,...Tom dug a small diameter test hole straight down four or five feet,....All the dirt outta that hole was black as night with seeds, fluffy ash, and glass.....unfortunately we had to leave our work till tommorow or tues. We were losing our light and hated to leave.... we placed lumber over our holes, covered them the best we could, but were just starting to find old bottles and glass....Me and Tom both have a long work day ahead tomorrow, but hope to get Fred and Laur and go back soon,....Here's a couple of pics of the stuff coming out of the upper layers ,....Dig pics to come!
I am looking forward to going down the "privy road." Have been digging for almost 15 years with Joe and we never focused on the privies right here in this small city. Don't get me wrong, we have dug some great bottles. We probably hiked hundreds of miles over the years to very remote places and I think we'll do better right here in the city. Let's dig!!!!
This evening, Joe, Fred, Tom and I went back to the privies. We didn't get to dig long, as it was getting dark. Joe is busy uploading pics, but I thought I would start with some descriptions of what was found.
Some opium vials
One BIG slick, that Joe gave to Fred
One St. Jakob's Oel with head missing
One hen laying egg
Two Children's Teacups
One Lockport Gargling Oil neck in an olive/emerald color
Fred found a few whiskeys. They seem to know he likes them [:)]
One 1918? penny (correct me if I am wrong on that date, Tom)
One very nice olive oil, that had a chip out of the bottom
One nice, unembossed hutch with a nice color
They guys will remember anything I forgot. We also have two videos coming up. I think we agreed, for the most part, that although privy digging is hard work, the rewards are worth it and it's a nice change from hiking through the woods for miles.