6 JUILLET 2018: Old Deer - Copenhague -
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ROYAUME UNI – Old Deer - A medieval gaming board has been found by archaeologists working to find a lost Pictish-era monastery in Aberdeenshire. Archaeologist Ali Cameron said the board found near Old Deer was a “very rare” find with it used to play the Norse strategy game of Hnefatafl. A date for the board has yet to be established but a similar piece found in Birsay, Orkney, in 1989 was dated to the Late Iron Age/Pictish period from the 5th to 9th Century AD. Ms Cameron said: “It is a very rare object and only a few have been found in Scotland, mainly on monastic or at least religious sites. A Solomon’s Knot, a symbol used to express the union of man with the divine or eternity and immortality, can also be seen on the board. It may have been a later addition to the piece, Dr Cameron said with the board also possibly altered to a circular shape and used as a pot lid.
DANEMARK – Copenhague - After drinking the last drops of wine from two gigantic barrels about 300 years ago, someone had the brilliant idea of repurposing the vats into something down to earth … or rather, in the earth: They stuck the empty barrels in the ground and turned them into toilets. Archaeologists recently discovered the Renaissance-era latrines (and all of their poopy contents) in Copenhagen during an excavation ahead of a repaving construction project. The makeshift bathrooms, which had been placed in the backyard of a city house, dated to the late 1680s, the archaeologists found. Many people would flinch at the sight of a 300-year-old toilet, but the archaeologists couldn't believe their luck. They got to work sieving and examining the organic matter, which offered clues about the diets, trade alliances and habits of the people who sat on these johns so long ago.