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An ancient bathroom, complete with a toilet, was discovered in-situ near the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem. The cubical is part of the 7th-century BC palatial structure in which several Judahite capitals were unearthed in 2020 [link: https://biblearchaeology.org/current-events-list/4726-capitals-from-first-temple-era-palatial-structure-found-in-jerusalem].The recently-discovered lavatory cubical is approximately 1.5m by 2m (5ft by 6.5ft), and includes a septic tank beneath the toilet hewn out of the limestone bedrock. A carved stone toilet seat with a hole in the center was found positioned over the septic tank. Dozens of bowls were also found in the room, leading scholars to speculate they may have been used for incense to make the room smell better. Private toilets like this were considered a luxury during the era of the kings of Judah, and this is more evidence of the important nature of the structure.  

OFF-SITE LINKS:

- https://www.timesofisrael.com/royal-flush-rare-2700-year-old-private-toilet-discovered-in-jerusalem/

- https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/toilet-with-possible-air-fresheners-found-in-first-temple-period-jerusalem-1.10267998


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