The 2,700-year-old toilet found in Jerusalem was a rare luxury

Jerusalem — Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem that dates back more than 2700 years. At that time, private toilets were luxurious in the sanctuary. Authorities said on Tuesday.

Ancient Israeli officials said a smooth carved limestone toilet was found in a rectangular hut that was part of a vast mansion overlooking the current old town. A deep septic tank is dug underneath and is designed for comfortable sitting.

Yaakov Bilig, head of the excavation, said:

“Only the rich could afford the toilet,” he added, adding that the famous rabbi once suggested that being wealthy was “having a toilet next to his table.”

Animal bones and pottery found in septic tanks could shed light on people’s lifestyles, diets, and ancient illnesses at the time, antique officials said.

Archaeologists found the stone capital and pillars of the era and said there was evidence of a nearby garden with orchards and aquatic plants. There is more evidence that the people living there were quite wealthy.

Associated Press


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