This was certainly the most productive Philly dig I've been on(and I've been on a lot), and all those bottles were crammed in to about 7 feet of layer - for most of the dig we had nothing to look at but mud and a sorry looking assortment of 1920's bottles from high up in the hole. I managed to save a lot of the broken stuff, makes an interesting sight by itself...
Of course, what's really amazing is that the number of broken sodas and stonewares in this pile was far exceeded by the whole stuff, even though the bottles were piled like cordwood down in the layer - how often does that happen? I, for one, will not complain
Damn that is just amazing. How the hell did they dig a pit that deep in the first place? And why? Seems like a lot to go through just so you don't have to dip your privy every so often. Must be soft soil and easy to dig down there. You can't hardly dig four feet around here without hitting boulders or ledge.
Chris, Haven't checked them all yet, but so far names in the shards we didn't also get whole were H. McGee, D. Mealy, and something odd I didn't get enough of to identify in the green sodas, and four broken blues - Roussel, Heiss, a sided Heiss, and Schoch & Smith. All the broken stonewares were Whittemores.