Parasitic worm eggs found on Silk Road latrine artifacts

Find is first firm evidence disease carried along ancient trade route

hygiene sticks

DISEASE STICKS  Microscopic evidence that long-distance travelers carried infectious diseases along Asia’s ancient Silk Road comes from cloth-capped sticks, such as these previously excavated at a 2,000-year-old latrine in north central China.

H.-Y. Yeh et al/Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 2016

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