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Urban Archaeology

In the cost-conscious world of construction, work stoppage for the sake of careful urban archaeology isn't a common thing. But when a specialist does get their hands on a construction excavation, good things happen. It's usually game over once a permit is in hand. So, what's being missed 10 feet below ground? Some cities have archaeologists on staff that visit as many open holes in the ground as possible. Not Chicago. Other places of great potential: outhouses, because "if you dropped something in an outhouse, you probably wouldn't want to fish it out." World's Fair sites are key too. A few years ago the White City's Ohio State Building, long believed to have been discarded into the lake, was found below ground. [WBEZ]