Outhouse archaeologists finally have time to talk

RARE BOTTLES — Outhouse Archaeologists Mark Youngblood (center of photo) and Brian Mann brought a variety of bottles for their presentation at the Colfax Municipal Building Auditorium April 8 for the Colfax Public Library. Youngblood and Mann have done several digs in Colfax over the past year. —photo by LeAnn R. Ralph

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — On previous visits to Colfax, outhouse archaeologists Mark Youngblood and Brian Mann were too busy digging to have time to talk.

During a presentation for the Colfax Public Library April 8, the privy excavators had time to talk about what they do and what motivates them.

“We’ve had a lot of fun, but a lot of people can’t understand why we do it,” Mann said. “We travel all over. We meet interesting people. It’s good exercise. And it’s not an expensive hobby. It maybe costs $20 a weekend.”

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