What did Neolithic people use for a toilet.
Without a doubt Archaeology is rubbish. Not in the sense that it cannot tell us anything about the past, figuratively. Archaeology for the most part is, literally, rubbish. It is all the bits and pieces that people from the past did not want anymore or lost. This explains why we get lots of broken pots, smashed beakers or damaged bits of jewellery when a site is dug up. There is so much that Archaeology cannot tell us. For example, we don’t really know what clothes they wore in terms of colour, how they styled their hair, if they had tattoos, what made them laugh etc. One other thing that we have very little idea with is what they did with their waste. How did they go to the toilet?
The discovery of Skara Brae on the Orkney islands has finally shed some light on this subject. This is a small but very well preserved settlement that dates back to about three thousand two hundred BC. It appears that the little village of 6 huts had thought about trying to not have to use a hole in the ground in the stone hut itself. What appears to be a toilet was discovered. It even had a (kind of) flushing lavatory system. In a small side room recesses allow water to enter flushing the waste outside of the hut.
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