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Archaeologists uncover Brazillian artifacts including thought to be toothbrush of Emperor Pedro II

A picture dated 23 September 2013 shows a teeth brush found with thousands of others pieces during the expansion work for the metro in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Archaeologists have cataloged nearly 200,000 objects in good condition within six months of work and think they can recover up to a million pieces, which could be one of the greatest archeological finds in Brazil, said the head of the excavations, Claudio Prado de Mello. EPA/MARCELO SAYAO

Archaeologists uncover Brazilian artifacts including thought to be toothbrush of Emperor Pedro II

An ivory toothbrush thought to have belonged to Brazil's Emperor Pedro II and a minty toothpaste made by a European chemist for the Portuguese queen are among more than 200,000 pieces dating from the 17th through 19th centuries that archeologists have unearthed from a site in Rio de Janeiro being used for an extension the city's subway lines.

A team of more than two dozen archeologists, historians and others began excavating the plot in northern Rio last March. The plot, once the site of a slaughterhouse, is near the former imperial palace and thought to have once been used as a landfill by the imperial family and others, team members said Wednesday, September 18th. (AP)

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