Lost in the bath

Researchers might often wonder what went on in Roman baths, and now archaeologist Alissa Whitmore believes she may have some answers. For some time, Whitmore has studied objects discovered in the drains of Roman bathhouses, and has presented her findings at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle.

Whitmore's study included objects from "11 public and military baths in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany and Britain, all dating from the first to fourth centuries," finding an amazing variety of artifacts including the ordinary, such as jewelry, to the more unexpected, such as  teeth, scalpels, and dice.