Construction Site yields stoneware galore!

RIBottleguy

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I stopped by a construction site last Sunday and let's say it went much better than I anticipated! I had dug the same site about 7 years ago. It was a hard dig and it only dated to circa 1915. Fast forward and the site is torn wide open. They exposed a much older layer that was packed with bottles and stoneware. I was quickly joined by a friend, met two other diggers for the first time, and then a few more friends stopped by after digging somewhere else. My first find was an ovoid jug that miraculously missed getting hit by a bulldozer. We were teased with a few pontil shards but most of the bottles dates from the 1880s-1900, though the jugs were obviously older. The next day the spot was covered over, but hopefully not forever!


My friend's stoneware
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A stoneware pitcher in situ
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My finds!
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The ovoid, no damage!
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A Bunker Hill Pickles (during the cleaning process)
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A nice lighter colored Hostetters
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A large size boldly embossed Stephen Sweet's Infallible Liniment
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Wow, those are stunning! That's a dream find for me. That Somerset jug is amazing, not sure I've ever seen one in that shape before.
 

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Fantastic haul! I don't think I've ever seen a Bunker Hill with that much character. Nicely whittled!
 

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Wow thats great. I've been stopping at every construction site that has any type of promise just because of posts like this.

Keep it up
 

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I've never found an older stone ware jug in the wild and the condition of the ones found is incredible
 

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Some good stuff, the ovoid is sweet. What a great time period to be digging in.
 

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