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8th-century royal flush toilet found in South Korea

An 8th-century toilet has been found in a palace dating to the Unified Silla Dynasty in eastern South Korea. Remains of what appears to be a flush toilet made during the Unified Silla Dynasty in the eighth century have been discovered in a secondary palace in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. The Gyeongju

2,000-year-old toilet seat found at Vindolanda

A wooden Roman toilet seat has been found in a garbage trench at the Roman fort of Vindolanda. "It is made from a very well worked piece of wood and looks pretty comfortable. "Now we need to find the toilet that went with it as Roman loos are fascinating places to excavate

Ancient toilet reveals Medieval crusaders were infected by parasites

Examination of a toilet in a castle in Cyprus has found that medieval crusaders were plagued with intestinal parasites. Under a microscope, the researchers saw that the samples contained the eggs of two of the world's most common and widespread intestinal parasites: whipworms (Trichuris trichiura), which cause the infection known as

A brief history of toilet hygiene

Salon.com has summarized a report from The British Medical Journal that examines our oldest "anal cleansing rituals". The toilet hygiene piece reminds us that practices considered routine in one place or time may be unknown elsewhere or elsetime. The first known reference to toilet paper in the West does not appear

Pompeii homes had upstairs toilets

Unfortunately, due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the second story of most Pompeii homes have been destroyed. However, vertical pipes leading upstairs suggest that many homes had upstairs toilets. One residential district, known to archaeologists as Region 6, does indeed have toilets on the ground story of

3,500-year-old toilet found in Vietnam

A latrine, complete with human and dog feces, has been found at Rach Nui in Vietnam. Archaeologists have found what is believed to be Vietnam's earliest latrine during the excavation of a neolithic village in the country's south. More than 30 preserved faeces from humans and dogs containing fish and shattered animal

1850s bathroom to be preserved

A bathroom which dates back to the 1850s has been dissembled from a plantation in Mississippi in order to reassemble it in a mansion in the Natchez National Historical Park. Jeff Mansell, historian for NPS, said the bathroom is one of less than 20 antique bathrooms like it left in the country. He

Kaiser Wilhelm’s urinal found on sunken WWI ship

Maritime archaeologists have found a urinal used by Kaiser Wilhelm II on the wreck of the Udine, a light-cuirse which was sunk by the Royal Navy during WWI. At the time the significance of the urinal went unnoticed until later research revealed that the urinal was part of a special bathroom

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