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

'Outhouse archaeologists' dig up buried treasure in Afton

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An Afton art studio was recently home to a unique type of “treasure hunt.”

On June 21 the Old School Art Studio played host 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 pick-up,” 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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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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