A minute after I posted, I realised the idea of an iron-age site with
nappies all over the place was absolutely ridiculous.
Having thought about it, obviously the poop was just allowed to fall
onto the floor - I suppose a lot of what you dig through on the floor of
a hut is trodden-in baby poop.
Makes you wonder about the smell - but then again many people lived with
their cattle so I don't suppose you'd notice the odd bit of baby dung.
The obvious question is what happened when you had a ornamental floor
like a mosaic? Were the babies & menstruating women kept away from the
good floors in their own wings where the poop could be cleared up or did
the Romans invent nappies/sanitary towels?
J Katerina Dvorakova wrote:
> If you look at older pictures of babies/toddlers you find one of two
> following thigs:
> all young children wore skirts, the seat of trousers was cut of and
> flapping. freely on the back. You don't even need to go too far back.
> In the coal house programme, the family with a toddler faced the problem
> with washing and drying nappies. At the end they resolved not to put a
> nappy on the child, let her run around free and clean the floor.
> And tidying up in an open space? When our older son was about 9, 10
> months old, we let him roam around the garden only in a T-shirt. Then it
> was a race to stop the dogs clearing after him.
> (BTW, dozen of cotton nappies would not see you through a day, I used
> cotton nappies with our children when I had a chance to dry them outside.)