Digging in November – by Brent Montgomery
Having found a lot containing turn of the century coins, I call my digging partner Johnny Player and explain that with the age of the coins, there is a possibility of older bottles on the lot. With the shorter days, we agree that Saturday morning will be the best time to meet up probe the lot for bottle pits. Saturday arrives, weather is great, I pull up to the lot and see Johnny is already there. It appears he has already located a spot to dig.
As we start digging, we come across lime which is a good sign. Not a lot of trash, but we keep digging. After digging a hole about the size of a standard grave, we pull out a milk bottle and a ketchup bottle both from the 1940’s. Not exactly what we are looking for. Further probing produces no other hot digging prospects. With the weather so good, we discuss if there are any other locations to try. An old turn of the century burned house not far away comes to mind. Not wanting to waste the day, we head over to the new location.
The lot has a garage planted on one side so not much area to probe. Initial probing does not produce much. One last area near the fence appears to have a trash layer about 3 feet down. We start to dig and not much is showing near the surface. At about 3 feet ash begins to show up. Finally a bottle shows. It is a Lea and Perrins sauce bottle. Not great, shows we are in an age correct to the house area. As we dig down, more bottles begin to show. A beer, a whiskey pint, an older mason. Now this is more like it. The hole moves toward the fence line and more bottles start coming out. Some Grand Union Tea Company bottles along with more sauce bottles and some slick medicine come out of the hole. We also dug a tea pot and a chamber pot. In total we got over 20 turn of the century bottles out of the hole. Nothing earth shaking, but did get 1 cure bottle and poison bottle.
Some of the included photos show the hole, digging the finds, and a shot of the bottles we dug. All in all, a fun day digging in November in Utah.