Until the advent and widespread adoption of modern plumbing, the privy vault played nearly as important a role to permanent occupation as would a sustainable water source. This paper will examine the various construction methods employed while investigating the rationale behind changes in morphology. Special focus will be given to privies within the urban setting of turn of the century East St. Louis, Illinois and comparisons will be made between privy vaults found in various St. Louis, Missouri and Southern Illinois Archaeological contexts.
|Title of host publication
|A Call to Action: The Past and Future of Historical Archaeology
|Society of Historical Archaeology
|Published - 2016