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Human Poo Preserved a Thousand-Year-Old Chicken Egg

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Archaeologists discovered a 1,000-year-old chicken preserved in excrement within a cesspit.

According to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the discovery was made during a dig in the village of Yavne.

Archaeologists uncovered an Islamic-era cesspit on a location that dates back to the Byzantine Period, between the fourth and seventh centuries, ahead of its growth.

Archaeologists discovered a chicken egg surrounded by human faeces inside the cesspit, which acted to preserve it.

The 'perfectly preserved' egg is a remarkable find, according to experts, who say that ancient ostrich eggs are sometimes found intact due to their more rigid shells, but finding a chicken egg this old is highly exceptional.

The egg has a little break in it, indicating that some of the white components have spilled out, but the yolk is still present, and authorities have extracted and preserved it for further testing.

Isn't it beginning to feel like a scene from Jurassic Park?

Archaeologists aren't sure how the egg ended up in the cesspit, where they also discovered three bone dolls dating back an estimated 1,000 years.

The first evidence of chicken raising in the area was discovered around 2,300 years ago at the Hellenistic settlement of Maresha.

Chickens were much smaller back then than they are now.

An archaeological dig must precede all new projects in Israel to salvage any items of historical worth, which is why the archaeologists were on the scene.

If you're like ancient antiquities, you might be intrigued to know that a museum in York houses the longest human poop on record, dating back to the 9th century.

Visitors to the JORVIK Viking Centre in York may see the 20cm-long faeces, which were unearthed during an excavation in the region in the 1970s.

According to Gill Snape, a student conservator on placement with the York Archaeological Trust: "Whoever passed it had most likely not performed in a few days. 

This guy's guts were quite itchy."

They believe he was a Viking because York was a Viking settlement in the 800s and was known as Jórvk.

Dr. Andrew Jones, a paleoscatologist and York Archaeological Trust employee, stated in 1991: "This is the most exciting excrement I've ever seen. 

It is, in its way, as valuable as the Crown Jewels."