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Old 01-29-2020, 11:09 AM
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Default A Civil War-era 'Witch Bottle' may have been found

In this week's eNewsletter from the New England Historical Genealogical Society [NEHGS], in their "Stories of Interest" section, is a link to an article I thought the bottle diggers here might find interesting. Titled "A Civil War-era 'witch bottle' may have been found on a Virginia highway, archaeologists say".

Here is the link to The Roanoke Times article:

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https://www.roanoke.com/news/a-civil...4690befbb.html

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In this week's eNewsletter from the New England Historical Genealogical Society [NEHGS], in their "Stories of Interest" section, is a link to an article I thought the bottle diggers here might find interesting. Titled "A Civil War-era 'witch bottle' may have been found on a Virginia highway, archaeologists say".

Here is the link to The Roanoke Times article:

Jim

https://www.roanoke.com/news/a-civil...4690befbb.html
Archaeologist = "I found an extremely rare witch bottle...definitely not just a bottle with some rusty nails in it....unless you can prove otherwise!" Puts it in a museum.

Metal Detectorist = "I found this old broken bottle because it had a bunch of rusty nails in it." Dumps out the nails, cleans up the bottle, but eventually throws it away too because it's broken.

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Archaeologist = "I found an extremely rare witch bottle..and definitely not just a bottle with some rusty nails in it....unless you can prove otherwise!" Puts it in a museum.

Metal Detectorist = "I found an old broken bottle because it had a bunch of rusty nails in it that were falsing a silver half dollar signal." Dumps out the nails in the trash, completely clueless that there's a minuscule change of it being rare, cleans up the bottle, but eventually throws it away too because it's broken.

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Old 01-29-2020, 05:38 PM
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Looks like your typical mid-1800s squat soda, albeit with some damage.

These that are dug from old privies had more than nails or clippings in them once, trust me.

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Old 01-30-2020, 01:53 PM
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As mentioned standard squat soda . With that lip damage likely little or more likely no value. What a joke of an article.
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That bottle is from my neck of the woods. I've dug a few examples of that bottle from privy pits. It's from the 1870s, civil war bottles from columbia are iron pontiled.

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