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July 15, 2009


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There was an article in the NYTimes a couple of weeks back about a retired firefighter who collects antique bottles. He finds them by excavating privies and outhouses from the 19th century all through the five boroughs. (Apparently people used them for general trash dumps, too.) He uses old survey maps to locate them, knocks on folks' doors, and asks to dig holes in their backyards. Most of the time, the people say yes, and they have a little archeological dig for a while. He's found all kinds of old stuff from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wow, those eggplant jewels, those plumbable depths of dirt, and the inspiration I've given. Hey, I've got copies of my interview with Bill Wyman, anybody want one, only $5. Archaeology still accepts archaeology poems, I think, so go for it. Thanks, Jennifer, I think Brooklyn backyards can offer some cool finds amid the beautiful nightshades.

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