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Two privies excavated in Nova Scotia

Two privies, one dating back to the 18th-century, have been excavated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the future site of a new apartment building.

“The early outhouse, the late 18th-century one, is one of the most significant early deposits we’ve found in Halifax, given that it could be associated with Charles Morris, who was one of the most prominent people in the city,” Niven said Friday.

Morris was married and had children, he said.

“It’s a little time capsule. It’s really a statement about their lives.”

Dexel recently demolished the Victoria Apartments at the corner of Morris and Hollis streets and moved a two-storey building that once stood just to the south of the apartment building.

The structure that was moved was built in the 1760s by Charles Morris, the colony’s surveyor general and a founding father of Halifax.

“The house that they moved was his office,” Niven said.

The mandarin’s former mansion, which was located beside the Victoria Apartments on Morris Street, has also been torn down.

Archeologists sifting through the site found the remains of about 100 bottles dating from the late 18th century to the first quarter of the 19th century.

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