In regards to sensationalizing archeology and ancient history, I got a kick out of this from Ann Althouse.
We used to explain certain rocks from the Roman era as tokens used in games. There is a new theory that the Romans used them instead of toilet paper. The evidence sounds minimal. But, having long told children stories from Judges and Joshua in the grossest way possible, I understand the motive. Kids love gross and scatological stuff.
“Instead of hey, kids, the Romans played checkers, it’s hey, kids, can you imagine wiping yourself with a rock. And the kids all go EEEWWW!!! which the adults take as a sign of gratitude for the trip to the Fishbourne Roman Palace museum in West Sussex, England.
The museum curator, Dr. Rob Symmons, said: ‘I love the idea we’ve had these in the museum for 50 years being largely ignored and now they are suddenly engaging items you can relate to.'”