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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.

Bioarchaeology at the OSA

by Lara Noldner, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist

What is Bioarchaeology?

The OSA has changed its formerly titled Burials Program to the Bioarchaeology Program to more accurately portray that our mission is the protection of all ancient human remains in Iowa, regardless of whether they were once part of a formal burial.

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.

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