A 2,700-Year-Old Toilet Was Excavated in Jerusalem


An ancient toilet dating back approximately 2,700 years has been found and unearthed in Jerusalem by archeologists. About 2,700 years ago, private restrooms were not common and not available to most people.

According to the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the carved limestone toilet was discovered in a rectangular cabin that was part of a mansion that overlooked, what is now, the Old City. The toilet was designed for comfortable sitting and had a deep septic tank dug underneath the toilet.

Animal bones and pottery were found in the septic tank and provide officials a glimpse at what life and diet was like for the people living at the life.

Yaakov Billig, the director of the excavation said:

“A private toilet cubicle was very rare in antiquity, and only a few were found to date,"

Having a private toilet was a luxury during those times.

“Only the rich could afford toilets,"

Billig added

The archeologists that discovered this toilet also found stone capitals and columns from the same era, suggesting there was a nearby garden. This gives archeologists more evidence that the people who lived at this mansion with a private bathroom were quite wealthy.


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