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    We do have shale here but not until you get very deep. This pit has clay on the bottom. I will assume it is the hardpan? This is located over 100 feet from the farmhouse. That's along way to walk in 3 feet of snow to poop. But who knows?
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    Yea, 100ft from a house is quite unusual for a privy. In this diggers experience, especially in the bottle department, farmhouse privies usually don't produce much glass, since most bottles were repurposed and we're used until they broke...
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    Nobody out there knows what this thing was? Im searching all over the internet but cant find anything. Please help me end this mystery.
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    You've got a much better chance than us because you're there. Anything found around it? Nails, broken bottles, etc. Took you days to dig it out - what did you remove? Was the soil in it lighter than the surrounding area soil, darker? Packed hard, loose, accumulated leaf litter and trash in it or deliberately filled in?

    Could be anything from an ash pit for soap making to a hide for moonshine during prohabition. It's not store bought so what it was depends on what the builder wanted it for. May be the only one like it or there's one just like it still in use at the next property down the road.
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    I think I see some modern "skinny" style cinder blocks, so probably not 1830's old, maybe 1930's?
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    The dirt in it was hard packed so it was there for a long time. It was not dark so it shows no burning. I am sifting all of the dirt now and have found one large spike so far and nothing else yet. No bottles or any other large trash items were in it. The only reason I found it was because I saw a small part of a brick sticking up out of the dirt. I removed about 30 bricks from it and I now realize that they were all across the top of the pit and not the sides. My guess as to the time period is the 1930s. I will be sifting it more today so I will update.
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    Found 2 very rusty crumbling nails today,nothing else. Will keep sifting tomorrow.

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    My new metal detector arrives today so once I get to understanding how to use it I will go over the brick pit and surrounding area.

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    Could the clay bottom be the start of where they capped an out house off? Have you dug deeper?

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    That is a thought. I have not dug any deeper,kind of stopped at the end of the bricks. I would say it is atleast 120 feet from the farm house. That is quite a walk. We get alot of snow up here in Erie so it would have been a summer toilet if thats what it is. Still been sifting it and not finding any clues.

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    Have been around the brick pit with my new metal detector and have found nothing at all. This brick pit may remain a mystery.

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    Still trying to figure out what this may have been used for so please help if you can.

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    You say no burn layers
    It may not have been used for one, BUT It will make a real nice fire pit for roasting pigs and such.
    Wish I had it in my backyard...

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    If anyone looks at this post again please let me know if you have any new thoughts as to what this was.

    Thanks!
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    I think one of the major clues is the distance from the house. I'd say that eliminates a lot of possibilities such as an outhouse, cistern, etc. And no evidence of charcoal would seem to eliminate a fire pit. I'm thinking there was a specific reason to locate it so far from the house, such as to lessen the odor that might have come from it like in the soaking of hides to soften them and/or for making tallow and/or something along those lines.

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