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Abandoned well turns up 19th century artifacts

A water well abandoned in New Zealand 100 years ago found new life as a rubbish tip. Now, archaeologists are digging down through the layers to find all sorts of cool 19th century artifacts.

“Within the well they have found all sorts of 19th century remains, artefacts like shoes and tin cans – some of them sardine cans – and other things like that.

“When the well fell into disuse, which was probably towards the end of the 19th century, it has just been used as a refuse dump. There were quite a lot of artefacts which was quite nice.”

She said the well was also full of organic material but some of the artefacts were in good condition because there was little oxygen there to encourage decay.

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