- Wednesday, 29 June 2011 13:27
We just helped Dr. Laura Scheiber and her summer archaeology field school pack up their tents and load their supplies. This year Dr. Scheiber’s crew conducted more excavations on the Nostrum stage station. The big surprise was located in an area just west of the station that “hit big” with the metal detectors. Opening 1 meter squares, they uncovered a large cache of old horeshoes, wagon parts, and springs, along with butchered bone.
The elusive outhouse, however, remains elusive. Archaeologists love digging out the pits under outhouses. We find all the things people didn’t want discovered down there. In one instance, at Fort Union, in New Mexico, Mike’s old business partner, Brian Aivazian found an Officer’s Model Springfield rifle. Since it was in the “enlisted men’s” latrine, one can only wonder. Normally recovered items include whiskey bottles that were ditched intentionally, but sometimes it will be a watch or coins that fell out of pants pockets. Things people really hated to lose, but, well, didn’t want back after they’d fallen.
The only casualty, which is oddly related, was the one student who managed to fall through the seat of the modern outhouse. Who’d ever have thought you could find an archaeology student down there?