This is not a new dump, but I basically "restarted" the dig at the bottom after I realized I had missed the oldest layer. It's a good 6-7 feet under a cap of sandy soil, but for a pontil layer it's worth the effort. And it's a lot of effort! For every 6" of dump layer you dig, the extremely unstable sand cap simply collapses, quite often filling the hole completely. Undermining is but a pipe dream, anything above a 45 degree angle collapses instantly, unless it is frozen.
Many heartbreakers have shown themselves, as it seems that only the small bottles have survived. I have hope though, because we're at the bottom of a hill, and there's almost always more intact stuff near the top!
My digging buddy working on the hole.
A nice surprise! This J.A. Budlong & Son Providence, RI popped out of a thin layer above the pontil one. It was protected by a tin bucket.
Crier base, maybe a utility or Lyons Powder
Almost intact! Pontiled Dr. D. Jayne's Tonic Vermifuge
Another killer pontiled whiskey base
The biggest crier by far, a CAP Mason Alpine Hair Balm Providence, RI.
Oh, right, there were some whole bottles! Mostly slicks, but good age...
Congrats on finding the best part of that dump!! We used to love getting to a pontiled layer here in Cali a lot, as there wernt very many that we could dig, especially in the later years of bottle digging. Most of the pontiled bottles that I dug were from outhouses in the gold country, and they were few and far between because of the rocky makeup of the area, most everything was busted. I have even dug a cologne just like the one you have pictured, again Congrats and the best of luck continuing...........Andy
Mostly luck. I knew there was a lower layer, but thought it was just ash and shells. The base of the hill had been bulldozed, so it was easy to get into, but once you dug into the hill, you have this mega cap.