Outhouses were the place where 19th-century people did their “business” and in rural areas, these old-timey toilets survived well into the 20th century. They usually featured a wooden seat constructed over a pit in the ground where the user would sit and relieve themselves before indoor plumbing was a thing.

Once the underground pit had filled up the outhouse would be moved to another location. These rustic toilets were frequently the dumping grounds for other trash, broken pottery and table scraps and are good sites for archaeological digs!

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