Medieval Garderobe Offers Clues to Pilgrim Life

The excavation of a 13th century tavern in Lichfield, England, including a large public toilet, has archaeologists and scientists excited. A team from Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit has discovered the remains of a 13th century tavern near Lichfield Cathedral which, researchers believe, may have served patrons on a pilgrimage. One of the most fascinating finds was a large public toilet, complete with human faeces which have given researchers a rare look at the diet of visitors to the tavern. Also found were pieces of cheap pottery and the remnants of a bread oven. The inn was located near the Lichfield Ditch which surrounded the town in medieval times.

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