Surprise bottle dumb....What an afternoon.....

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To start with, keep EasyLife’s post about finding a bottle dump in your minds....

Let’s set the scene. The husband and I went detecting in a friends garden. (We had permission to be there) the house was built in 1659, is grade 1 listed and is next door to a Saxon church. ‘This could be interesting’ I thought to myself.

So we arrived and the lawn is immaculate. We announced we were there and the owner said to carry on, and we did. A few holes later and I had accumulated the following objects. Can anyone tell me what the silvery thing is?? The ring is also unusual. It has very find line details all along the outer edge and has a subtle but distinct design to the shape.

Anyway, I got an unusual signal, so, naturally, I dug it. I got very excited at what I thought was a bronze bowl. I was wrong....I still don’t know what it was, but either way it’s now in the trash. What surprised me was that once I removed the bronze bowl imposter, I saw the neck of a bottle beneath it. I extended the hole and dug it out......

I then saw another, and another....bottles just appearing in this non-descript hole in the middle of the garden. With the owner’s permission we extended the hole again.

Iron was coming out left right and centre. Some iron objects, but mainly whole sections of a containers. What we realised is that the bottles and these iron objects had all been buried in several large iron boxes 8” beneath the grass.....a collection of Victorian bottles, iron tankards/oval boxes and the odd figurine and a very odd black brick with a makers stamp??.....what was happening??

3 hours later and the hole was around 2.5ft square.

I made it my mission to fully excavate this burial (with enthusiasm from the owner who kept taking pictures for the newsletter 😂🤦‍♀️) and after removing all the outer shells of the iron as I went, I finally reached the outer soil walls and had retrieved all the items within.

I did not start my day expecting to find a bottle burial while a searched a perfectly ordinary garden, and I doubt it’ll happen again, but since I asked Easylife on his post ‘how can you accidentally come across a bottle dump’, I can now eat my own words.

I am still welcome to go back to the garden at any time. ☺️
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Are they still your friends? :D Crikey that's a good haul from one hole. :thumbsup:
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TerraBritannia wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:42 pm Are they still your friends? :D Crikey that's a good haul from one hole. :thumbsup:
Yep. They said I could come back anytime. Haha.
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Emily wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:33 pm To start with, keep EasyLife’s post about finding a bottle dump in your minds....

Let’s set the scene. The husband and I went detecting in a friends garden. (We had permission to be there) the house was built in 1659, is grade 1 listed and is next door to a Saxon church. ‘This could be interesting’ I thought to myself.

So we arrived and the lawn is immaculate. We announced we were there and the owner said to carry on, and we did. A few holes later and I had accumulated the following objects. Can anyone tell me what the silvery thing is?? The ring is also unusual. It has very find line details all along the outer edge and has a subtle but distinct design to the shape.

Anyway, I got an unusual signal, so, naturally, I dug it. I got very excited at what I thought was a bronze bowl. I was wrong....I still don’t know what it was, but either way it’s now in the trash. What surprised me was that once I removed the bronze bowl imposter, I saw the neck of a bottle beneath it. I extended the hole and dug it out......

I then saw another, and another....bottles just appearing in this non-descript hole in the middle of the garden. With the owner’s permission we extended the hole.

Iron was coming out left right and centre. Some iron objects, but mainly whole sections of a containers. What we realised is that the bottles and these iron objects had all been buried in several large iron boxes 8” beneath the grass.....a collection of Victorian bottles, iron tankards/oval boxes and the odd figurine and a very odd black brick with a makers stamp??.....what was happening??

3 hours later and the hole was around 2.5ft square.

I made it my mission to fully excavate this burial (with enthusiasm from the owner who kept taking pictures for the newsletter 😂🤦‍♀️) and after removing all the outer shells of the iron as I went, I finally reached the outer soil walls and had retrieved all the items within.

I did not start my day expecting to find a bottle burial while a searched a perfectly ordinary garden, and I doubt it’ll happen again, but since I asked Easylife on his post ‘how can you accidentally come across a bottle dump’, I can now eat my own words.

I am still welcome to go back to the garden at any time. ☺️
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Some nice bottles there Em, do like the stoneware ones
Does the Codd bottle still have is marble?
Well done on your finds.
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bob79 wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:51 pm Some nice bottles there Em, do like the stoneware ones
Does the Codd bottle still have is marble?
Well done on your finds.
I do really like them actually and yes, It does still have its marble. ☺️ I don’t know how to properly clean bottles though...they’re all marked on the insides. 🤷‍♀️
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|Thats absolutely wonderful Emily, very well done indeed, great stuff and well explored :D :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Bloody hell!! That's someone's lawn by the look of it?
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Lol I’m still laughing at Allectus’s reaction :rollinglaughing:

Hope the lawn still looks OK :shock: Seriously though the bottle dump must have been fun. Love the codd bottle. Is the silver thin actually silver or a white metal? It’s hard to tell in photos.
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What a interesting unexpected turn and some great finds there Emily, gee it looks like a time team dig! :shock: :lol:
Great fun but no doubt just the first of many bottle pits there especially with such an old house! I'd guess that the square inkwell is the oldest but await Kenleyboy's thoughts. It sounds a great plot to fully investigate. :thumbsup:
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Maybe time for a spade upgrade? :rollinglaughing:
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Allectus wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 10:41 pm Bloody hell!! That's someone's lawn by the look of it?
Yes it is. It was immaculate before I started 😂 🤦‍♀️ the owner didn’t mind and said I was welcome back at any time. Haha.
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Gee-wizz Emily. What a day you had and in such ideal surroundings.
Kenleyboy (Paul) will put you right on cleaning the bottles. The little silver thingy might be a cigar case, common in 1800/early 1900’s.
Very strange that they were buried in boxes, sounds like someone had a ‘clear out’. Don’t think there were any Skips back then.
I know there are 2 old cars buried somewhere in my field. The owner is still living down the lane and told me a group of them, as teen-angers used to have races around the field. I’ve found a good selection of parts of them.
You’ll certainly remember the day with fond memories in the future. Some nice ‘keepers’ to add to the memory.
Well found :thumbsup: and definitely well dug. That’s the kind of friends to have :D
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Easylife wrote: Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:25 am Maybe time for a spade upgrade? :rollinglaughing:
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The owner is in his 80’s. If I rocked up with that, he’d probably have a coronary. 🤦‍♀️😂
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Well done Emily.
You said you wanted some bottles and have now dug your own.
The Silvery fluted metal piece looks familiar, think i may have dug one.
You have a very tolerant and interested owner there.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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