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Thread: Privy Excavations in Downtown Historic Charleston S.C., Digging Bottles from the Past

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    Privy Excavations in Downtown Historic Charleston S.C., Digging Bottles from the Past

    Back in the late 1980's, and early 1990's, I learned the art of privy digging in Downtown Charleston, S.C. My teacher and mentor, was Victor Svendsen, one of Charleston's BEST privy diggers! His patience, and friendship, was just as rewarding to me as were the artifacts we found..At the time of our digs, we started out filming with a HUGE VHS Camcorder. Nothing, of coures was ever scripted, an what you see and hear, is what you get! I am happy to say that my dear freind Victor is healing up from a recent illness, and still saving relics and bottles from progress. He is the MAN!! Thanks Vic !!
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    us
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    Fricken sweet.
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    Nice bunch of bottles. Really enjoyed the video, thanks for sharing. Mike
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    What a great video! Congratulations
    I've been hunting a local ghost town with over 100 foundations and 2-3 privy sites per building. I have yet to find artifacts as nice as you have found in Charleston. We find broken glass by the bucket and if we are really lucky a single intact bottle. Our site only dates to the late 1800's but it's all good! Cheers
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    us
    Filling in the missing pages of history, one dig at a time..

    May 2011
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    keep these awesome videos coming...
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    us
    Apr 2008
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    Awesome video
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    Anita

    Apr 2012
    New Hampshire & Maine
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    Terrific video.
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    "You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach". - Jim Steinman (musician)
    You can bet he never used a metal detector!!!

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    Nov 2007
    Denver, Colorado
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    That video fired me up to do some digging tomorrow morning.
    We've been getting skunked lately, everything has been dipped sometime in the past.
    But hey, we're learning every time we go out.
    Mucho Kudos!
    Carl
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    Awesome video...congrats !
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    real pirate

    May 2011
    NE Ohio
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    us
    Apr 2012
    North Central Nebraska
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    Love that video! AND the history lesson at the end!

  12. #12

    Jul 2012
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    What was cool about this one was..

    Quote Originally Posted by QuarterMaster View Post
    Love that video! AND the history lesson at the end!

    We knew the history on the house. The water was a ral problem, but the water table is very high, and this home is right on Charleston Harbor.

    Thanks!
    REB

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    us
    Jan 2006
    SE Louisiana
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    Outstanding video, and amazing finds. Loved the chamber pot, the blue willow bowl and the pitcher.
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