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Archaeologists Study Large Amounts of Ancient Roman Poo

  • A street in the ruins of Pompeii that is similar to the city of Herculaneum where the scientists discovered the large deposit of human feces.

    A street in the ruins of Pompeii that is similar to the city of Herculaneum where the scientists discovered the large deposit of human feces.

    Archaeologists have discovered the largest deposit of human excrement in the world in a sewer below the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum.

    And they are sorting through it to find out what the Ancient Romans ate and how they lived.

    The city was destroyed by the same volcanic destruction that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D.

    The scientists uncovered 750 sacks of human waste in the ancient sewers beneath the town and they learned that the Ancient Romans ate, take a guess…large amounts of vegetables!

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    One sample contained a large number of white blood cells, suggesting someone had an infection.

    Sifting through the poo, the scientists also discovered pottery, a lamp, 60 coins, and jewelry, and one can only hope the ancient Romans used a laxative for those items.


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