POLLEN, PHYTOLITH, AND PARASITE ANALYSIS OF PRIVY DEPOSITS FROM OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
A privy was excavated and sampled for pollen, phytoliths, and parasite eggs. Use of the
privy may date between 1865 and 1891-1896. Privy fill from levels 3, 6, and 8 was examined
for pollen, phytolith, and parasites to identify elements of the diet and parasites present. Levels
3 and 6 date from the 1870s and 1880s, while level 8 represents the Civil War period. Pollen
and phytolith analysis was undertaken to identify foods consumed and/or discarded in the privy.
Parasite eggs were identified in the course of pollen analysis to identify parasites present and
assess relative levels of parasitic infection during the three time periods represented.
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POLLEN, PHYTOLITH, AND PARASITE ANALYSIS OF PRIVY DEPOSITS FROM OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Linda Scott Cummings, Thomas E. Moutoux. 1997 ( tDAR id: 378163) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8DN44CP
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