Old outhouses a window into 19th century Sacramento

Published on May 13th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

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Archaeologists who dug up and researched objects thrown away in old downtown Sacramento outhouses have now handed the artifacts to a museum.

Where a huge state building now stands, the archaeologists found the stuff of everyday life: bottles, buttons, combs, spittoons, chamber pots and all kinds of animal bones.

“Some would say it is junk, but it tells us about consumerism and tracks the development of an area,” said Marcia Eymann, manager of the Sacramento Archives & Museum Collection Center.

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