The men had unearthed the contents of a latrine dating from the 1700s, but the church building itself dates back to before 1200. “The contents were preserved because the area was air-tight,” Spiong said. While searching through the moist organic material, the excavation team found several ordinary objects that wouldn’t normally survive for centuries.
“It was really exciting,” Spiong, who has been Paderborn’s city archaeologist since 2003, told The Local. “This is the oldest broom ever found in the region. Natural materials like leather and wood usually don’t survive the elements.”