From drains, clefts, cesspools, middens arise on all sides stagnant fumes.
They decay or are destroyed by fire, and they are rebuilt upon these middens.
And one of the uses of these middens is to provide food for the utterly poor.
The Virgin Islands had been pretty well worked over by archaeologists, and most of the early Indian middens and mounds explored.
The first group of these observations and discoveries relate to "middens" or shell-heaps.
We reached houses which we could not see; walked over slippery polesPg 320 set over heaven knows what middens.
Such biographies give one the sense of a man diving in sewers, grubbing in middens, prying into cupboards, peeping round corners.