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Archaeologists unearth 2,700-year-old ‘luxury’ toilet in Jerusalem

An archaeologist’s team has recently unearthed a 2,700-year-old luxury toilet, in the Armon Hanatsiv area of Jerusalem, which was designed for a single home.

The discovery of the limestone toilet cubicle was made at a digging site in the neighborhood of Jerusalem, amid the construction of a new tourist complex in the area.

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), in a press release, stated that the discovery dates back to the end of the 7th century BCE. The cubicle-shaped loo stayed in the remains of the building which overlooks the City of David archaeological site and the Temple Mount.

Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority Yaakov Billig said ‘only the rich could afford toilets at that time’. It had a carved stone toilet with a hole, and it was positioned over a deep septic tank.

IAA further added that the ancient toilet is believed to belong to the “ancient royal estate” of the First Temple Period that operated in the 7th century BCE.

Meanwhile, various pottery shards and animal bones were also discovered in the septic tank underneath the toilet, which according to experts help in exploring the lifestyles, diets, and diseases of the First Temple people. The tank measured around 2 meters while the complete excavation is yet to be completed.

Furthermore, the digging team also found stone capitals as well as small architectural columns alongside the toilet. A garden with trees full of fruits and plants is believed to occur near the recent find, which archeologists are relating with ‘lush mansion of an ancient elite’.

Jerusalem is home to a number of archaeological finds. A 1,600-year-old mosaic, that dates from the Byzantine period, was recently unearthed in April by a team.

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