8 July 2013

Remains of a day

Here... the sight that impressed me most on my wander through the historical remnants of York. Fossilised human faeces from the city's Viking days as "Jorvik".


I also saw skeletons and all manner of tools and clothes and a one thousand year old handwritten copy of the Christian gospels, but nothing impressed me more than the fossilised faeces. Verily.

6 comments:

Pete McAdam said...

How many did the finder have to test before he found a fossilised one?
I tried to comment on the previous post but it's not happening.

Claude said...

Fascinating! There's actually a YouTube post on this. According to that poo, archeologists were able to determine that the Viking person ate fruits, veggies, bread. eggs, and also "had a bad case of worms." Probably still infecting all of Scotland....

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

York is in England Claude, but some fairly close relatives of his worms may be found in Scotland, although not very often in humans these days (Yes, we are humans in Scotland, despite what some may claim :)

It's does not sound the most glamorous post in archaeology Pete - Fossil Jobby Hunter (aka Coproliteologist in polite company).

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

I say "his" worms, because it was one impressively massive fossil, but of course I do not rule out that it may have been deposited by a lady. I suspect a man might be proud to know he had created such a museum exhibit, while a lady may have been horrified.

CherryPie said...

That exhibit made me chuckle when I was there :-)

Craig said...

Remarkable. Now I really must go and do something about my worms.