What a Toilet Shows About Life During the American Revolution
2016-07-05 14:33:01 GMT
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"Privy pits are an unusual treasure trove for archaeologists. Along with their primary purpose, they often served as mini-garbage dumps in urban areas before community trash collection was developed. And the garbage from this privy pit, dug in 1776 (the year that American colonists declared their independence from Britain) and filled in 1786 (the year before the Constitution was written) provides a unique snapshot of life in the first tumultuous years of the United States."
Wow, that is really specific! How do they know when exactly when it was dug and when it was filled?
Archival research. :)
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