- Jan 2, 2003
I walked a fresh plow line that was run through the town of Mount and all kinds of old stuff was exposed. All broken of course. Same at Friendship with the dozer.
Chas B. Mathis was a doctor that formed The Mathis Company, producing drugs and medical supplies. He had a store in Island Heights and lived in Toms River where the company existed. His store still stands and is on the Island Heights walking tour. You might consider donating the bottle to the Ocean County Historical Society in Toms River."Chas. B. Mathis Main Street Toms River N.J.
Only the immediate site of the dig is off limits to the public due to the complexity related to the number of people involved. The site was extremely crowed with staff and participating students last Saturday. There looked to be about 30+ people taking part. Most of the activity was being concentrated on what was believed to be a privy site. This Saturday will be the last day.Can folks stop by to watch?
That sounds interesting. Is that a pastime still enjoyed by many, or are the restrictions too onerous?Many of the old and beautiful bottles that grace my shelves turned up in my Shinnecock rake while raking clam in Barnegat Bay. Having a clamming licence at the time, I don't know of any legal reason not to have kept them. There's probably countless more out there and you benefit by getting some tasty little necks in the process!
A NJ Resident Recreational Shellfish License can be had for the bargain price of $10.00! If you are 62 or older, the price drops to $2.00!
Thanks JeepWagoneer! My go to beach is at Corson's Inlet from the boat launch parking lot. The D-ville in is my "cool down" spot afterwards! I need to get my diving cert. apparently.
Legions of archaeologists will disagree with you. It's because so much of our past has been preserved by being buried in the ground that we know as much as we do about what life in the past was like.Leaving old bottles in the ground does not "preserve" them. The longer they lay covered with dirt and tree roots, the more damaged they become. Most of them (like the ones in the photo above) are of no real dollar value and are just fun little things to hunt for. A bottle lover would have a very hard time leaving a nice old bottle lying in the swamp, when it could be taken home and cleaned up and enjoyed by many people. Unlike arrow points, if an old bottle lays in the dirt for another 50-100 years, it will just be reduced to nothing. IMO...........of course.