“What’s unusual is that it hasn’t been messed with. This is a loo that hasn’t been flushed for 500 years. We have a kind of sealed environment, containing artefacts like the earliest known piece of Scottish music, which we found scratched into pieces of slate," said archaeology professor Steven Driscoll of the recent excavation of a 15th century Scottish sanitation drain.
The Paisley Abbey project has so far netted "pottery fragments and gaming pieces, a complete chamber pot, and other artefacts," as well as the tile containing the music. Experts also say that it will shed light on the dietary habits and lifestyle of the monks who lived in the abbey.