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Expert Digs Up Dirt on Ancient Toilets


Offbeat  (tags: toilet, flush toilet, anient times, archaeology, book, eating habits )

Naoko
- 3493 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
Flush toilets are less a modern convenience than many people think , having been around since ancient times and research on those old privies can tell a lot about people's lives, according to a book published Monday by an archaeologist who specializes



   

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chris b (2474)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 7:19 am
The modern flush toilet is supposed to be the invention of one British gentleman by the name of Thomas Crapper and hence the slightly rude contraction of the name! Archeology in any sphere is a fascination activity. Of course people have always had to "Go" so why should our ancestors have not been flushed with pride! English culture still has many offices with ancient connections to the good old dunny with such titles as "Keeper of the Kings or Queens privy"
 

Caralien S (18)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 7:22 am
:)
 

chris b (2474)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 7:28 am
Titles and function are often much removed from their original purpose Therefor if one is awarded a British Knighthood with the suffix KCB (Knight Commander of the Bath) it does not mean you have to bath the Monarch as it did in olden times! What will they dig up next! Perhaps I should tell them there is medieval flush toilet buried under my back garden actually it is under the concrete as part of the hardcore base of my garage driveway, along with sundry bicycle frames ,rusty wheel barrows and other debris strewn about the property when I bought it many years ago!
 

Sam Brown (3)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 7:37 am
Hehe that sounds awfully familiar!

A few months ago I put together an article at work about this very subject. If anyone wants to go take a look at it, here's the link ;)

http://www.tradeplumbing.co.uk/blog/2009/08/gardez-leau-history-of-humble-loo.html#links

Now I know I'm not the world's greatest author but there's still some fascinating stuff in there (at least as fascinating as toilets get!) ^^

I wonder if I should ask Prof. Kurosaki for royalties? *grins*
 
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