Ancient Toilet Found

October 6, 2021
Ancient Toilet Found

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

Archeologist Yaakov Billig on unearthing an ancient toilet in Jerusalem.
  • The "abode" is believed to be 2700 years old.
  • The discovery occurred while working on a new construction project.
  • Why It Matters: A rare find, what lies beneath the toilet could be of even more value – a deep septic tank. Researchers say working through material could illuminate the habits of the wealthy (the only ones who would have had an indoor toilet) – providing insight into diet as well as disease.

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

by Jenna Lee,