27 fevereiro 2020

Stinky Treasure Trove of Medieval Artifacts Found In London

Only archaeologists would get excited about finding a latrine. Underneath London’s Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House, a medieval cesspit has been found, which was used from the 1300s to the 1500s. Up to 100 objects have been retrieved from sticky, greenish sludge in the 4 meter (15 ft) deep pit.

Some items are bathroom-related, but there have also been a surprising number of ceramic finds. Surprisingly, some were not broken, which makes it curious why they were thrown away.

The variety of finds makes archaeologists suspect the cesspit was both a bathroom and occasional trashpit of the Chester Inn, a poorly-documented residence from the 1400s which stood where Somerset House is today. It is a little ironic that the pit was found when excavating the exact spot where the Courtauld is planning to install new toilets!

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First Flight of Saturn IB

On Feb. 26, 1966, AS-201, the first Saturn IB rocket, lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

from NASA https://ift.tt/2w8pPrq
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