A number of Medieval wooden barrels have been uncovered in Denmark, revealing their less- than-glamorous contents.
Originally built to transport goods and store fish, the barrels were converted into latrines — still filled with their original contents.
“We are talking about 700-year-old latrines. And yes, they still smell bad,” Maria Elisabeth Lauridsen, the archaeologist in charge of the excavation.
Described as being in “excellent condition”, the human excrement can give scientists unique insight into what people ate in Denmark in the Middle Ages.
“Preliminary results of analysis show that raspberries were popular in Odense in the 1300s. The contents also contain small pieces of moss, leather and fabric which were used as toilet paper,” Lauridsen said.
Speaking as someone with a little bit of a background in anthropology, at least, I can attest to the fact that old shit really is this exciting to anthropologists, paleontologists and historians.
Via Discovery News.