Jul
24
2007

Raiders of the lost outhouses: peeyoo!

Dig here for treasure: The former site of two outhouses in Ventura, Calif., is proving to be a hot spot for finding historical artifacts. But it's not the most desireable place to be digging.Photo courtesy Dave Bullock (eecue)
Dig here for treasure: The former site of two outhouses in Ventura, Calif., is proving to be a hot spot for finding historical artifacts. But it's not the most desireable place to be digging.
Photo courtesy Dave Bullock (eecue)
It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Archeologists in Ventura, Calif., digging on the spot where a couple of outhouses were stationed some 130 years ago, are making some amazing discoveries…as long as they can tolerate the smell.

Here’s a quick rundown of what they’ve found: a pistol, bowie knife, whiskey flasks, a set of false teeth, two dog skulls and a blade for shearing sheep.

You might be able to label this case as CSI: Outhouse.

"It might be an early crime scene," project archaeologist John Foster is quoted in USA Today. "It looks like the two dogs were decapitated. Then whoever did it dumped the skulls and the blade, thinking the women probably wouldn't be looking too hard into the bottom of the privy."

Archeologists were called in to checkout the scene before the site was to be prepared for a condo development. The property has had a host of previous uses, including a school bus barn and Ventura County’s first courthouse/jail/hospital.

While the finds have been exciting, the project has had its drawbacks, archeologists report.

"The further you go down, the stronger the smell," archaeologist Marisa Solorzano says. "But it's not that bad. These privies are archaeological gold mines."

One person’s gold mine is another person’s pile of, oh well, you get what I mean.

Or to put it another way for you Trekkies: these archeaologists are boldly going where many have gone before!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Dave Bullock (eecue)'s picture

Can you change that photo credit to:

Dave Bullock (eecue) and link to my website?

Thanks!

-Dave

posted on Tue, 07/24/2007 - 8:31pm

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