Israeli archaeologists announced yesterday that they have found a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem dating back more than two thousand, seven hundred years when private bathrooms were a luxury in the holy city. The smooth, carved limestone toilet was found in a rectangular cabin that was part of a sprawling mansion overlooking what is now the Old City. It was designed for comfortable sitting, with a deep septic tank dug underneath.
“A private toilet cubicle was very rare in antiquity, and only a few were found to date,” said Yaakov Billig, the director of the excavation.
“Only the rich could afford toilets,” he said, adding that a famed rabbi once suggested that to be wealthy is “to have a toilet next to his table.”
SOURCE: "Associated Press"