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Hastings, Minn., resident Jim Lewanski, who digs up outhouses as a hobby, conducted two digs at the Old School Art Studio in Afton, Minn., where a variety of relics and artifacts were uncovered, including liquor bottles, glass medicine bottles, ceramic crocks, snuff jars, inkwells, a piece of a blackboard, a school desk leg, chamber pots and even a pig skeleton. (Submitted photo)

‘Outhouse archaeologists’: diggin' up a hole lotta ... history

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AFTON - An Afton art studio was recently home to a unique type of treasure hunt.

The Old School Art Studio played host last month to an “outhouse dig” by Hastings resident Jim Lewanski, who makes a hobby out of digging up old outhouse sites in search of relics and artifacts.

“Before the 1930s there wasn’t trash removal or trash pickup,” said Kate Sullivan, owner of the Old School Art Studio. “Whatever they couldn’t burn, they threw down the outhouse hole.”

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