Just found a massive farm dump that may go back to the 1920s!

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Just this afternoon I was exploring and where I thought a farm dump was located there was actually an old spring water pump. I at first was discouraged but noticed a single bucket further up. I then noticed more spots where metal was strewn and then I found the dump.

The first portion I stumbled upon was car scrap, two of them were still mostly intact. I figured out later one was a 56' Desoto and the other a 1959 Bel Air. Then there were the bottles spread out around a giant mound. There was an old icebox and other metal. I did bring digging tools with me (Just a hand rake and probe of course) and so I eventually started to dig! It at first was newer 1960s garbage, but then as I dug down it was getting older. It went from 60s to 50s, 40s, and then 30s. I had still not hit the bottom and I was down about 2 and a half feet in my started hole. If I had to guess I could hit a 1920s layer and possibly 1800s if I'm lucky

I didn't have much time today so I had to go home. I ended up with three whiskey decanters, a 1950s milk (Sadly the paint flaked off), two 50s cobalt medicines, a milkshake glass and some other odds and ends. I also dug a broken slug plate milk that was too far gone. I will hopefully get photos of the finds up soon.

Even though this is a newer dump (Which even has plastic on the surafce layer) I don't have too many other spots right now so I guess it satifies my itch to dig bottles. I hope to get my first local milk or soda from this place. Sadly I didn't take pictures (Too excited!) but I will try to get some in the future. It was a very fun and Interesting dig and I will try to return soon!
 

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Was there any old rusty dented Beer Cans in the Dump? Let me know, I collect those. LEON.
 

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One thing I forgot to ask is how to find the oldest layer of a 1940s to 1950s dump. Would it be closer or farther away from the edge? Is it located in the far back or front of the dump?

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PlaneDiggerCam

Generally it would be at the back of the dump or the centre of the dump. Things would pile up on top of each other and no one hauling things to the dump wants to walk through garbage, so the oldest things would be underneath the part that is hardest to walk to without walking over trash. If it was dumped down a hill then the oldest things would be right at the bottom of the hill where it meets the flat ground or bottom of the ravine, as well as potentially some things scattered up the hill. The newest things would be at the sides of the dump.
 

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Thanks for the info here are the finds, hopefully it will get older.

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A 1950s milk and milkshake glass.
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I will try to get some dump photos next time I go out.
 

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Wow! Those decanters are gorgeous! This is so exciting! Great finds!
 

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Nice finds, too bad the 3rd whiskey bottle top was missing. Still some good ones in my book.
 

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