Wednesday, 25 November 2009
And now to the other end of the spectrum (!). A nice piece on current research by University of Queensland archaeologists, who have been collecting and analysing samples from toilets. Their samples come from the PARP:PS project. They're not the first to do this, though. Mark Robinson was collecting samples from the BSR/Reading project (I.9) and the DAIR project (House of the Postumii) a few years back, and the Anglo-American project have done the same in VI.1. Does anyone know of any other examples of this type of research (and any publications)? It's interesting that it seems to demonstrate that specialised food preparation was no longer taking place in normal houses in AD 79. The question is, how do we identify where it WAS taking place? Any ideas?