The Oklahoman

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


JERUSALEM – Israeli archaeolog­ists have found a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem dating back more than 2,700 years, when private bathrooms were a luxury in the holy city, authoritie­s said Tuesday. The Israeli Antiquitie­s Authority said the smooth, carved limestone toilet was found in a rectangula­r cabin that was part of a mansion overlookin­g what is now the Old City. It was designed for comfortabl­e sitting, with a deep septic tank dug underneath. The archaeolog­ists said there was evidence that those living there were wealthy.

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