1.1 Coprolites: finding out more
Figure 2 shows a human coprolite – a preserved piece of human faeces. This one is Viking, held at Jorvik Viking Centre, and is known as the ‘Lloyds Bank coprolite’.
- Use the internet to find out more about this human stool. Why is it so special? What diseases can you learn about through this object?
- Bearing in mind that Activity 1 in Week 1, Defining health [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , started with one image from fifth century BCE Greece, and another from fourth century CE Roman Sicily, how relevant do you think this stool from the Viking period is to understanding the ancient Greeks and Romans?