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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:41 AM
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600 year-old Papal seals found in German toilet
Sensational find in Germany: 600 year-old Papal seals

Greifswald, Germany

In one of the most sensational archaeological discoveries in Germany, four papal seals dating back 600 years have been uncovered from a medieval toilet shaft in the northeastern city of Greifswald, officials said on Thursday.

The four round seals cast in lead date to the papacy of Pope Bonifatius IX (1389-1404). The 3,5cm seals, each weighing about 50g, bear the inscription "BONIFATIUS VIIII" on one side and images of the apostles Peter and Paul on the other.

Regional archaeology office director Hauke Joens said the find -- in the shaft of a toilet on the campus of Greifswald University -- was "sensational".

He noted that over the years, individual papal seals would occasionally be found in various places. But the Greifswald find was the first in which several papal seals were discovered.

http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=245506&a...
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:43 AM
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1. Are they now considered Poopal seals????
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:44 AM
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2. Someone didn't like that pope
:shrug:
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:45 AM
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3. 600 years is a long time not to flush! Holy Crap!
somebody should have posted a sign you know like, if it's yellow it's mellow...
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:47 AM
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4. Will they have to rename that Pope "John?"
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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:49 AM
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5. Maybe old teutonic tradition........from the days when public
commentary of a Pope's life was usually dealt with by excommunication, burning at the stake, hanging/drawing/quartering etc.
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cheeseit Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:50 AM
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6. they knew how to deal with such things in those days n/t
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patcox2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 09:50 AM
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7. Hiding stuff in the privy was common in case of attack, looting.
In Israel, a major recent find was also found carefully wrapped up and purposely hidden in a privy, probably during the war around AD 70.. When the looting hordes hit your town, you bundle up the valuables, put them down the shitter. If you get killed, there's noone to come back and retrieve them.
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MN ChimpH8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 10:51 AM
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11. Does this mean
that these were "privy seals?" :evilgrin:

Isn't there some English courtier who holds the title Keeper of the Privy Seal?
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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 10:05 AM
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8. makes a freezer
look so much better.
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 10:26 AM
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9. Does this mean that religion is a bunch of ????
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 10:38 AM
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10. Paging YVR Girl
I found an appropriate use for this emoticon after all:
:hurts:
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