Message #244:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Historic Condoms in UT
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 96 15:28:00 MST
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[ Note: Clipped from hist-arch (too good to pass up! ); makes me wonder if 
they found the site of a Pecos Conference --   :-)
SASIG Ed. ]

From: CEHISTRY.JDYKMAN@STATE.UT.US (Jim Dykman)
Subject: Historic Condoms

Kevin Jones, state archaeologist here in Utah and myself have been involved 
in a series of limited excavations on Antelope Island in the Great Salt 
Lake.  The historic archaeological site is a ranching complex in use from 
1850 till 1950's.  We have been doing a series of limited excavations to 
assist with the development of the ranch site as part of a state park 
complex.  During excavations this week, we hit a small trash pit with eight 
beverage bottle that give us a fairly firm date of 1935 to say 1945.  But on 
the last screen out, a used condom shows up.  One my volunteers was, well 
surprised.  With the condom and the 8 whiskey bottles, must of had a great 
party.  My question is the date on the condom; what I have found points to 
Mr. Trojan inventing the modern version in 1921.  Any truth to that, 
anything list might know would be of help, having not done too much research 
on dating condoms.