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Why Archaeologists Love Digging Up Privies

by Anson Kritsch, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist

So what is a privy?

You may know it by a different name: head, john, latrine, lavatory, outhouse, potty, restroom, the can, throne, washroom, water closet... Simply, a privy is an outdoor toilet. Before you hurl back in disgust, let me explain why privies are so interesting to archaeologists. You may already be privy, wink wink, to the fact that archaeologist are interested in people’s trash. But, a person’s toilet is an entirely different kind of trash. This is precisely why we love privies.

All Hands on Deck! Cataloging begins for the Hubbard Park Project

by Anson Kritsch, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
 
Now that all the artifacts recovered from Hubbard Park are clean, it’s time to start cataloging. Cataloging is a process of identifying, organizing and recording artifacts. Cataloging is done for several reasons. First, it creates a preserved record of all the things found during excavation.

Work in the Lab begins for Hubbard Park site, Iowa City (13JH1440)

by Cynthia Peterson, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
 
Archaeological field work has ended at Iowa City’s Hubbard Park site on the University of Iowa campus. Now, work shifts to laboratory processing of the excavated artifacts. 
 
Volunteers from near and far are an important part of this endeavor, working alongside OSA archaeologists.

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