This mystery artifact unearthed during a rehabilitation project at New York City Hall had archaeologists puzzled. Was it a spice grinder? Maybe a needle case? Nope. It's a 19th-century feminine hygiene product: that's right, a 200-year-old douche.
Chrysalis Archaeology, an intrepid team of NYC archaeologists we spoke with last year, discovered the hygiene device in late 2010 on the north side of City Hall. But the hollow cylinder with small holes at the top made of some kind of animal bone wasn't immediately recognized. It was only recently that archaeologist Lisa Geiger discovered the device's actual intended use, as she told DNAinfo: