Poo Day! (23 Feb at 3.00pm)

Wednesday 23 February, 3pm
It’s smelly, it’s squelchy – but it tells us lots about the past!
FREE livestream!

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Online for the first time, join with the kids to find out why archaeologists love poo, and get hands on making your own replica poo fossil (recipe will posted online so you can get the ingredients!) Based on the famous Lloyds Bank Turd at JORVIK Viking Centre!

If you want to make your very own Viking Poo during the livestream (adult supervision is strongly recommended!), you’ll need a few ingredients to hand. We’ll go through the ‘method’ during the livestream!

Ingredients: make these the cheapest you can, you do not need expensive ingredients for this. 

one cupful of plain flour (about 250g) 
half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
half a cupful of water (about 125ml)

Paint to colour: brown, yellow, white 
Bits for the ‘poo’ – 

We can use dried peas and dried barley (a lot of supermarkets sell their own brand dried ‘broth mix’ including lentils, split peas, barley).

For the ‘worms’ simply hydrate some spaghetti. Ask an adult to cook up a small handful of spaghetti bits and drain them. Leave them to cool overnight. When cool, ask an adult to cut them into small (2 to 3cm) pieces with scissors or a sharp knife.

If you have an old toothbrush or nail brush lying around, ask an adult to trim off or pluck out the bristles and use these for the fish bones that have been found in Viking poo. The bristles from a kids’ (cheap) paintbrush will also work, if you don’t mind sacrificing one to the project. 

This livestreamed event will be available for viewing on demand after the event for the remainder of That JORVIK Viking Thing.