dangly wyrm

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Working on him I thought about wyrms, mostly in the context of intestinal parasites, mostly in the context of first year archaeology.

I don’t think he still works there, but when I was at York, many, many years ago, they had a guy called Bone Jones who basically specialised in the archaeology of poo. Odd chap, he once introduced me to one of his favourite finds as though it were a person of some renown, “Have you met the Lloyds Bank Turd…?”

Archaeological turds tend to contain intestinal parasites, because the average medieval adult lived with a fairly substantial worm burden. worms/wyrms.

His lectures were gross, and fascinating. I mean, there was little eighteen year old me, not even aware that a prolapsed rectum was an actual thing until I saw a rather graphic slide of one in action…

Flashback wyrms, nasty little buggers.

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~ by opusanglicanum on February 23, 2016.

8 Responses to “dangly wyrm”

  1. Yes, I know Bone Jones. Great fellow archaeologist. Never a dull moment. Love your version of a wyrm!

  2. I likes your dangly wurm.

  3. Experts do get very attached to their subjects, don’t they!

  4. He looks like he’s waiting for something. A bit determined with a touch of malevolence. Was that intentional?

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