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.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority said 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.
Only the rich could afford toilets. For a man to be wealthy was to have a toilet next to his table.
Animal bones and pottery found in the septic tank could shed light on the lifestyle and diet of people living at that time, as well as ancient diseases. The archaeologists found stone capitals and columns from the era, and said there was evidence of a nearby garden with orchards, aquatic plants, and more evidence that those living there were quite wealthy.