I've been with some aunts and uncles from Arizona. They have a good sized collection of neat discoveries. They basically know areas to hike through, and they've developed some amazing powers of observations. I think they've found something on every trip. Coins, bottles, etc. The coins, buttons, and bottles are the easiest to find, because they don't really break down in the (Arizona) environment.
As the world wakes to the reality that disposable items that were mass produced and sold cheap one hundred years ago (and discarded as trash) are expensive on Ebay today, public demand increases for a one stop shop that services amatuer archeologists and treasure hunters alike. Someone from Iowa or Ohio or even Idaho can connect and share experiences with like minded enthusiasts in their area - they may also share historic maps and perhaps buy and sell resources to and from the rest of the world.
Treasure hunters - there is a new website in town!
Russell the Relic Hunter and his dog Digger explore historic Kenora in search of century old dumps. They eagerly share their stories and secrets at http://www.dumpdiggers.com
Have a look - register for the forums, auctions, chat and classifieds. The museum will host user submitted pictures of dug relics - the Shovel Guild Library will host your digging stories and eventually sport an interactive Dumpdigger's Handbook.
The first hundred dumpdiggers to register a profile on the site and post in the forums will earn special distinction later.
That's some facinating stuff. I have a landfill right near my house, but it smells really, really bad. I do search people's trash on the curbside come garbage day at times, but I don't think I could "dumpdig" because of the smell and health hazards that come from handling garbage. How do you deal with the smell and health hazards?
About 15 years ago I went to a dump with my Grandfather.While he was getting rid of his trash I was looking around and found a box with a working Atari 2600,six different controlers and 50 different games including Raiders of the Lost Ark!Thankfuly,He let me take it home.Since then,I sold the Atari and the games a few years ago but I did keep Raiders and it's still in my collection.
We don't find legendary Temple of Doom stuff, or any biblical age treasures, but we do get our share of eBay rewards, and always unearth great stories.
Officially I like to write that Dumpdiggers chronicles the adventures of two low-tech treasure hunters that recover historically valuable antiques and collectibles in forgotten heritage sites… or something like that.
Here is a beautiful photograph of a spectacular haul in an amazing little town on the Trent River The Quest in Campbellford Ontario is, conservatively speaking, only about $2K worth of treasure, but I'm of the opinion that every small town all over North America has a stash like this hidden somewhere nearby... that was just waiting here INSIDE THE TOWN to be found. This is the best of the best bottles and stoneware from the 1880’s Campbellford Ontario dump.
Anyway there’s a lot of unique knowledge being dispensed in every post.