Medievalists.net has an interesting article about the risk of contamination of archeological sites by historical reenactments. One of the potential side effects of reenactors trying to be as “period” as possible is that the more successful they are, the more they risk confusing future archeologists.
Archeology suggests that medieval kings had clean ears. Please make a note of it.
I decided not to include a “feature image” with this story about medieval barrels found with poop inside, still in “excellent condition.” You’re welcome.
My only hope is that someday future scholars unearth a barrel of my poop and deem it “excellent” as well.
Sutton Hoo was the granddaddy of all medieval archeological finds, an Anglo-Saxon burial site excavated in 1939 that really captured the imagination like no other find until the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in 2009.
But we almost lost Sutton Hoo to treasure hunters in the Tudor era.Â You can read more about that in “Sutton Hoo, Treasure Hunters, and a Lucky Escape” at the British Museum blog.