Have you ever come across the fact as to how ancient people used toilets? Well, toilets have a long history in India, dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished in and around Harappa and Mahenjodaro.
While digging the Sindhu ghati sabhyata, archaeologists have discovered evidence that about 4500 years ago, Brick chairs coated in water-repellent bitumen were use as a toilet. Waste would have fallen through an open slot at the bottom and proceeded to cesspits via clay pipes.
Both communities possessed sophisticated plumbing and sanitation systems some 4,000 years ago. This water engineering, according to historians, was unparalleled until classical Rome (two millennia later) or perhaps the nineteenth century.
The first flushing lavatories was discovered at the Minoan palace of Knossos. It was made up of a wooden bench perched over a “flushing conduit,” a tunnel that carried water from a rooftop reservoir to a subterranean sewer, according to reconstructions.
Archaeologists discovered that other Minoan toilets were presumably supplied with water from jugs. Public bathhouses included multi-seater, luxurious latrines throughout the Roman era (about 200 B.C. to A.D. 500).
These long stone seats rested over a stream of continuously flowing water heading for the sewer, with holes equally placed. Another water trench ran at the foot of the toilet bench, which archaeologists believe was used to wash sponges on sticks, which were used in the same way as toilet paper.
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Although the rest of the world cannot seem to get enough of western culture, experts constantly remind us how great Indian toilets are. Numerous investigations have been done, and experts have concluded that Indian toilets are far more superior.
Squatting is the most pleasing and most natural technique to do one’s business, according to scientists all around the world.