Digging up dirt on Martin Luther

German scientists are taking an unusual approach to studying the domestic life of 16th century churchman Martin Luther. They are digging through his garbage.

The excavations are taking place at sites where Luther lived, and are concentrating on household waste, including privies. Thus far, the digs have unearthed a gold wedding band, cooking pots, grains of corn, silver coins and medicines. Church officials are less than enthused with the method of study.