Students in Scott MacEachern’s Essentials of Archaeology course are hoping they will become privy to secrets of 19th century life buried underground at the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain House. In fact, the student archaeologists would like to find the remains of the privy itself.
An outhouse is where unusual objects often end up, says MacEachern. “When you want to get rid of the evidence of what you’ve been doing, then you toss it down the privy,” he chuckles. “That’s a basic of historical archaeology wherever you work.”