HERE’S THE SCOOP:
- Archaeologists in Israel uncovered a 2,700-year-old toilet.
- Private bathrooms were still a luxury.
- The toilet and the contents of its septic tank could shed light on the lifestyles and diet of people from that time.
Archaeologists in Israel uncovered a rare luxury: an ancient toilet.
The rare discovery dates back more than 2,700 years when private bathrooms were still a luxury, authorities said.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority said archaeologists found the limestone toilet in a rectangular cabin that was once part of a mansion. It also had a deep septic tank underneath and bore a design meant for comfortable sitting.
“A private toilet cubicle was very rare in antiquity, and only a few were found to date,” excavation director Yaakov Billig said.
“Only the rich could afford toilets,” he said. The antiquities authority added that a famous rabbi once defined wealth as “to have a toilet next to his table.”
Within the septic tank were animal bones and pottery. These discoveries could provide insight into the lifestyle and diet of people from that time, officials said.
The archaeologists uncovered additional evidence of wealth, including a nearby garden and stone columns.