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bog artifacts

My grandmother told me a story about her sister throwing many family artifacts into a bog on their farm.  Apparently, she went a little mad one day.  From what she described, there were some significant historical items among them, such as a set of two drone bagpipes and a solid silver coat-of-arms.  My uncle purchased the farm and subsequently filled in the bog to protect his livestock and increase the amount of tillable land.

Supposing that artifacts can survive for millennia in a bog, what happens to those artifacts after a bog is filled in?  Are the artifacts still preserved?  Is the length of time they will survive shortened?

Thank you for your assistance,

Daren Loucks

 

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