Examining Roman poop is a great source of knowledge.

Archaeologist have discovered a massive cesspit that could bring us many answers to how these ancients lived. Flushed down sewers from apartment blocks and shops, the deposit—the largest collection of ancient Roman garbage and human waste ever found, researchers say—dates to about A.D. 79. That year a catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Herculaneum, along with its more famous neighbor, Pompeii. Lost jewelry, coins, and semiprecious stones from a gem shop have also been found, along with discarded household items such as broken lamps and pottery.

Seeds, bones, shell fragments, and other remains suggest Herculaneum residents had a diverse diet, which included chicken, mutton, fish, fig, fennel, olive, sea urchin, and mollusk. This kind of diet would be recommended by any doctor today, and shows they possessed a knowledge of how to eat well. Or maybe the just knew what tasted good. 

Either way the 700 plus bags of the ancient excrement are a doorway to the insides and health of Roman citizens. 



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    Where else can you study and gain significant knowledge by studying poop?? Well?
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