Researchers Excited About 2,000-Year-Old Roman Poop

James Owen, National Geographic News:

The unprecedented deposit is said to be yielding new insights into everyday life in the ancient Roman Empire.

Admittedly, at 2,000 years old, the feces “isn’t remotely unpleasant,” Roman historian Andrew Wallace-Hadrill said. “There’s absolutely no scent. It’s exactly like earth compost.”

Ten tons of the stuff has been excavated from a cesspit beneath the ancient town of Herculaneum, near Naples.

Kinda makes you wonder—2,000 years from now, will future scientists be sifting through and marvelling at our poop?

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