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Photo Special: Privy Unearthed August 6, 1999

On the last day of the official field school, the find of the season emerged.

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A number of chamberpots were found dumped in the privy. (Courtesy Brooklyn College)

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Along the angled line on the trench floor (above) excavation uncovered a narrow wooden beam. The darker deposits are night soil, fecal matter. Students (right) work in the privy. (Courtesy Brooklyn College)

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Medicine bottles and even the stoneware bowl of a pipe laid buried in the privy.
(Courtesy Brooklyn College)
Click here to read the journals of the students who discovered the privy.

Discussion Question:
Why are privies so important to archaeology?

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