30 km away from the south of Ho Chi Minh City, archeologists of Australian and Vietnamese have believed to find the earliest toilet of Vietnam.
Rach Nui is an ancient man-made mound, which is about five metres tall, surrounded by small tidal streams and mangrove swamps. More than 30 preserved faeces from humans and dogs containing fish and shattered animal bones have been located in the ancient mound. Among the remnants were betel nut and foxtail millet. “A detailed analysis of these will provide a wealth of information on both the diet of humans and dogs at Rach Nui but also on the types of parasites each had to contend with,” Australian National University team leader Dr Marc Oxenham said in a statement.
It is hoped that the find will give clues about how the region changed from a traditional hunter gatherer society to an agricultural community, the origins of farming in southern Vietnam and South-East Asia as a whole.