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  1. #1
    us
    Jul 2011
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    Bottle dump? Need advice

    So I decided to do some metal detecting in a woods near my place I've never been to, and while I was out I found an embankment that had old bottles cascading down it. I walked over to the mess and noticed a 1 gallon glass jug, a 1950/60 era sprite bottle, and an old looking large brown bottle all completely intact. There was a ton of bottles and old metal cans practically flowing down the alcove. At the top of the embankment was partially dug pit which looked to be filled with more bottles with a really new looking trench shovel sticking in it.

    So here is my question, I honestly know very little about bottles. It's not a form of treasure hunting I've ever tried but I'm very curious about this spot and whether or not it would be worth looking into again. Given the fact a brand new shovel was in it, I know that I'm not the first person to find this spot, and it would seem to me that an actual bottle hunter has partially excavated the spot. Should I leave it alone, knowing that somebody has already found it, or is it okay to check it out and take back a few good bottles.

    Thanks

  2. #2

    May 2012
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    well.. assuming that the person before you saw everything that you did and yet decided to dig leaving the visible ones still there I get the feeling he's looking for a few particular pieces. you never know how someone will react running into someone at there.." secret spot".. I think if this person were very paranoid about sharing his spot the shovel would be gone and branches and leaves would be covering where he dug. I don't see why you couldn't get some for yourself and just be respectful if you see him there. you never know what might have fallen out of pockets or come off fingers or wrists while dumping I would continue with the metal detector... just my thoughts

  3. #3
    us
    Jun 2012
    South Jersey
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    I used to dig bottle dumps all the time and once left my shovel at a site, only to realize it half-way home. I turned around to go get it-thank God it was still there.... Anyway, maybe the person forgot like me and was heading back to get it or most of us treasure hunters seem like cool people,maybe whoever was there "first" would appreciate the company of digging with someone. Depending on the site, people could have been dumping there forever, so the deeper you go, the more treasure you are likely to find : )
    I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it ~ Will Rogers

  4. #4

    May 2012
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    good point the deepest should be the oldest

  5. #5
    us
    Jun 2012
    South Jersey
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    I forgot to say, Always Learning is very right-some of us treasure hunters may be a bit "off" so be careful as well!
    I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it ~ Will Rogers

  6. #6
    us
    Apr 2008
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    Just like he said deeper you go the older the bottles. I been digging my old towns dump site they (bottles) are old but older ones are just a bit deeper. Like med,soda,bitters,remedy bottles,and my favorite Hutchinson soda bottles.
    What you do in life, will echo a eternity,
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  7. #7
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    Jul 2012
    woodstock ontario
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    if those bottles were sitting on top and he clearly coulda seen em than id say he was more interested in digging for the older bottle id take the ones on top if i were u but let the guy dig the ones below. whenever i find a bottle dump im the first one to dig it so iv never run into this problem so just take a couple off the top

  8. #8
    us
    Feb 2008
    Great Lakes State
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    I hate to be a buzzkill, but if it's private property try to get permission first. You don't want to be dodging lead fired by a ticked-off landowner.

  9. #9

    May 2012
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    good point.. rock salt is no fun either. did that as a teenager.

  10. #10
    us
    May 2008
    Wisconsin
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    Quote Originally Posted by fistfulladirt View Post
    I hate to be a buzzkill, but if it's private property try to get permission first. You don't want to be dodging lead fired by a ticked-off landowner.
    I was going to mention this ................... did you have permission to be there in the first place?
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

 

 

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