‘Bum splitting turd’ uncovered at bank is ‘largest human faeces ever’ documented

A “bum splitting” Vikini poo measuring 20cm long and 5cm wide remains the largest turd on record.

Archaeologists excitedly dug up the mighty dung from a site in York almost 50 years ago and was traced all the way back to the 9th century.

The specimen was unearthed by York Archaeological Trust unearthed the poo during an excavation in 1972.

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Tests on the turd, scientifically known as a large paleo faeces or coprolite, revealed it had survived more than a thousand years intact at the plot which later became a Lloyds Bank.

Archaeologists believe that the deposit most likely belonged to a Viking man.

Researchers worked out the poo was predominantly made of a meat and bread-based diet – described as 'moist and peaty'.

Evidence of poor nutrition was not the only thing tests revealed, however, as 'several hundred parasitic eggs' found in the poo, suggest the Viking was riddled with intestinal worms.

Posting the image into the group ‘pics or it never happened’, one user said: “This bum splitting turd (coprolite) was found in 1972 beneath the site of what was to become the York branch of Lloyds Bank and may be the largest example of fossilised human faeces ever found, measuring 20cm (8inches) long and 5cm (2inches) wide!

“Analysis of the stool has indicated that its producer subsisted largely on meat and bread. It dates back to approximately the 9th century and the person responsible is believed to be a Viking”.

Gill Snape, a student conservator on a placement with the York Archaeological Trust, previously said: "Whoever passed it probably hadn't performed for a few days, shall we say. This guy had very itchy bowels."

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In 1991, York Archaeological Trust paleoscatologist, Dr Andrew Jones was clearly blown away by the size and importance of the poo currently on show at the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Dr Jones said: "This is the most exciting piece of excrement I've ever seen. In its own way, it's as irreplaceable as the Crown Jewels."

After surviving centuries, even millennia as a whole 20cm long part, it disastrously split into three pieces in 2003.

During a school trip, a teacher reportedly knocked the poo's display by accident, sending it crashing down to the floor.

Fortunately, the sheer size of the Viking coprolite can be marvelled again as officials stuck it back together.


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