Crusader poo subject of Cambridge research

A team of researchers from Cambridge University is the latest group to occupy Cyprus. This time the "invaders" are researchers, only interested in one castle, Saranda Kolones, built during the Third Crusade, and its latest treasure: a pit of dried human waste. Their report has been published in the International Journal of Paleopathology.

Saranda Kolones was only 30 years old when destroyed by an earthquake, but a poorly-designed toilet in the castle wall has been a goldmine for the scientists who are studying the feces to determine what sorts of parasites might have plagued the former residents’ guts. Investigation revealed various types of worms, which could have jeopardized the health of their hosts.