Viking poo

The photo below is an exact replica of a 1000-year-old Viking poo found beneath the city of York, or Jorvik as the Vikings called it.


This poo and real ones (not replicas) can be sampled (held rather than eaten) at the Archaeological Museum in York, called Dig. We took the children there today and it’s an amazing place. The museum is very much hands-on with staged archaeological digs representing different periods in history.



The museum is housed in this quite magnificent church:



How is it that I’ve only just discovered this place? If you come to York with kids, then Dig is an absolute must-see museum.

I am also, right now, for the first time in my life, sampling some mead. Mead is wine made with honey rather than fruit. People who know me know that I’m a teetotaller. Well, I’m a teetotaller except when I’m not and not is right now because I absolutely had to try the stuff from Robin Hood tales. It’s actually quite disgusting. Or at least it was before I ended up pissed on my small glass which is nearing the end and starting to taste palatable. My first impressions were that it tasted like honey which has gone off and this is fairly accurate given than it is essentially fermented honey. But now that my senses are impaired and my inhibitions floating away, it’s very soft and sweet with a viscous texture and actually rather nice.