Yorkshire has a lot to be proud of, the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, its stunning coastline and its rich history. And, speaking of its rich history, Yorkshire has a proud trophy in the form of a huge crap, and by huge, we mean record-breaking huge. Found under the York branch of Lloyds and might be the largest example of fossilised human faeces ever found!
The huge poo measures in at a massive 20cm (8 inches) long and 5cm (2 inches) wide and was discovered by archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust whilst excavating the Viking settlement of Jorvik (York)!
You may think that you’ve had a few large ones in your time, but none can compare to this massive stool. According to the analysis of the stool, whoever produced this mammoth shite lived on a diet of meat and bread, and there was also a presence of hundreds of parasite eggs, which suggests they had intestinal worms – poor guy.
The poo fossil is believed to be deposited by a Viking around 1,300 years ago. Vikings from Denmark are believed to have once inhabited this area. We hope he didn’t have to sit down after this bad boy – it’s sure to have left a sting.
It was found back in 1972 and back in 1991 York Archaeological Trust employee and paleoscatologist, Dr Andrew Jones, made the news with his appraisal of the item for insurance purposes: “This is the most exciting piece of excrement I’ve ever seen… In its own way, it’s as irreplaceable as the Crown Jewels”.
It’s said to be the most valuable poo on record and is estimated to be worth around $39,000 USD (£27,482.52 GDP) and is fully covered by insurance.
It has been on display at Jorvik Viking Centre since 2008, so if you fancy seeing one of the most expensive poos in the world – get visiting. We know we are strangely fascinated to see it.
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