Medieval Latrine Diggings

Yes, they needed it back then too. A number of Medieval latrines — still filled with their original contents — have been unearthed in Denmark, according to archaeologists working in one of the largest urban archaeological excavations in Danish history. Well, imagine that find! Described as being in “excellent conditimageion,” the human excrement was found in wooden barrels originally used to transport goods and store fish. Later converted into latrines, the barrels were unearthed in the center of the medieval town of Odense, the birthplace of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. “We are talking of 700-year-old latrines. And yes, they still smell bad,” Maria Elisabeth Lauridsen, the archaeologist in charge of the excavation, told Discovery News.