More Field Archaeology

There was a rusty, muddy spot by the fence-line where another broken-down pipe sticks through. The rusty wet spot kept showing up, so while digging up the invasive weed called broadleaf dock, I happened to be out there with a shovel one morning…so I dug up a broken off pipe-end. Lotta weird junk out here, this old cow pasture hides secrets, but also just old rubbish and trash. But it’s interesting.So I got a pick-axe and did a bit of trenching to find that three wires were buried below the pipe. Good thing the shovel handle was wood, and the pick too because I suppose that’s insulation… And with the pick I levered-up and bent the pipe a bunch to get a good look at it – it’s only about 8″ deep in the dirt, but keeps going. And the direction it goes is pointing at the terrace block circle, where a couple years ago I dug down to waist-deep (36″) and came across the junction point of three, very old four-inch clay pipes that teed-joined an eight-inch clay pipe… nThe old pipes that I dug down-to were loaded up with gravel and sand, and whatever connection had broken – which is why, after rains, the way water kept coming up in that location we thought there might be a spring or other water source.

Rain and anything wet like that has pretty much quit for this year, but about a week later, while looking around way over by the stone circle (that I had filled-in with a yard of rock) there was a weird fissure, a hole in the ground.So…my neighbor the plumbing contractor, has a buddy who’s an electrician and owns a business and the junk to do some subterranean detection. Initial “probes” with a long screwdriver indicate some metal clanking, and an electrical thing showed some voltage in the wires that are upstream – but whether it’s millivolts or bigger is the question. A guy is coming over with equipment to detect and terminate anything as needed.

It’s funny. Despite the societal ravages of the Chinese Party Virus, all the guys working up here in this blue-collar, mountain and forest county, are still busy driving around in Ford F-350’s and Chevy 2500’s fixing flatlander problems with their unique skills in concrete, asphalt, electric, plumbing and other issues – and still our virus-count is low.

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10 thoughts on “More Field Archaeology

  1. Interesting, and we’ll be waiting to find out the ‘rest of the story’… One wonders if you’ve been paying electricity that went into the ground!!!

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    • It’s an oddity! But it’s not connected to anything up at the house, the wires appear to run to the old ticket-booth in the old fallen-down drive-in theater next door…


  2. Code? What is this code you speak of?

    There is stuff in the ground out there going back generations. On the ranch where I grew up (west of Fiddletown) there was a small clearing out on the “back forty”. There was a partial foundation of hand laid rocks for a cabin maybe 10 X 15 feet. About 50 feet away was a hand dug rock lined well about 30 feet deep. The history of this little spot had long since faded away.

    Here is some interesting history–

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    • Code? Hahaha! Indeed, “drains, ditches, channels and sumps” – that stuff is all around and lost in time…so lost too, the old drive-in theater that was likely on land unsuitable for much else. My neighbor’s well is 90-feet deep and can run 100 gallons a minute, so there’s definitely water down there, and unusual hydrology hidden beneath the surface…
      I remember reading about Tulare Lake a long time ago, thanks for the reminder!


  3. Well, three wires could be 3-phase power (highly unlikely), a 120VAC circuit (Hot, Neutral, and Ground, or possibly a 240VAC circuit with two hots and a ground or neutral, in which case it could also be used for two 120VAC circuits.

    But directly buried? Oh, boy….that’s bad juju! Even if the cable is rated for “Direct Burial”, the insulation still has a lifetime, and it can’t possibly be “to code”.

    I remember as a kid watching my Dad and his buddy hit clay drainage pie while digging the post holes to install our split-rail fence. Or subdivision had been built on somewhat soggy farmland, and decades before a house grew there, corn did. The clay tiles helped to corn from getting too soggy, but God only knows where they drained to…..

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    • Thanks! That’s cool your dad ran into the old clay pipes! Yes it could be a number of things, and up here ALL not to code – including maybe power to the old ticket-booth on the other side of the fence for what was the old (now torn-down), drive-in theater next door!
      They run cattle on the property now, but my propane guy remembers his first date with his wife, was at movie at the drive-in… I really love living up here, even if it’s still in damn California – but there are a lot of State of Jefferson flags out and about, and not just my own. We have some hope remaining…


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