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World News: Luther's Trash Found


Archaeologists have discovered Martin Luther’s kitchen trash, revealing new personal information about the father of the Protestant Reformation, the German publication Der Spiegel reports.

The dig that started in 2003 took place at three different excavation sites in Germany: Luther’s parents’ house in the town of Mansfeld, Luther’s estate in Wittenberg, and the floor of the building where he was born in Eisleben.

So far archaeologists have found broken dishes, food remains, toys, and what they think is his wife’s wedding ring along with 250 silver coins. The German State Museum of Prehistory was scheduled to unveil the Luther discoveries to coincide with Reformation Day.

The article claims that the new discoveries reveal that Luther “fudged his parents’ social circumstances,” and that his family was more affluent than Luther claimed they were. But Luther's adult home was “in keeping with his economic standing.”

Archaeologists have also found book bindings, “quill knives” used to sharpen quill pens, and four writing sets with sand, ink, and styluses.


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