Re: Europe and the Americas

Matthew Hill (mhhill@WATARTS.UWATERLOO.CA)
Wed, 21 Feb 1996 20:59:27 -0500

On Wed, 21 Feb 1996, thomas w kavanagh wrote:

> Checked my sources (the Great Mesoamerican Archaeologist):
> On Wed, 21 Feb 1996, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:
> <snip>
> > that the Europeans who came here at the time marveled at the cleanliness
> > they found in contrast to European conditions, like open sewers, etc.
> > Ruby Rohrlich
> >
> At Tenochitlan, no "open sewers" 'cause the city was built on canals
> which served the same purpose.
> tk
Not completely true. Without checking my sources, other than the
soggy wired data bank behind my forehead, I am quite sure there are
conquistador references to collection of urine for technomic (Binford)
use. There is some circumstantial evidence for collection of feces
for use as manure (Armillas, personal communication).

Matthew Hill (
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