In ancient times, there were more advanced toilets than you might suppose. IN the stone age evidence, has been found that is some farming villages there were drain systems run underneath their homes with some houses having cubicles over the drains that may have been used as toilets. In Egypt, there were actual bathrooms with toilets in their homes. Affluent Egyptians even had seats made of stone. However, for those with less means they had to do with stools with a hole in the middle over a pit in the ground.
The Romans actually had centralized systems for storm water drainage and sewage, much like a modern system without the water treatment facility. Surprisingly even with this technology there was still rampant defecation in the street.
In Medieval times much like most of the progression of humanity we took a step backward. Instead of the stone toilets that had been used in ancient societies most people just had a hole in the ground with seats over them. An exception to this would be the Monks at Portchester Castle. They designed an ingenious system that used the tide of a nearby sea to wash away their sewage, and their restrooms were equipped with stone toilets.
In 1596 Sir John Harrington invented a flushing toilet. Most people had no interest in this new-fangled invention however. They were content to stick with their pits in the ground that were cleaned by men called gong farmers. In 1775 Alexander Cumming was granted a patent for a flushing lavatory. Not long after that, Joseph Bramah made a better design in 1778. Flushing toilets did not become widely used until the 19th century. The alternative was something called an earth closet- a box of granulated clay that would cover your waste in the pan below when you pulled a lever. Earth closets fell out of popular use in the early 20thcentury. With most people now having access to running water.
Now in most modern countries there is at least one flushing toilet in every household and business. We can thank the Romans for the invention of a centralized sewage system. Now our waste is whisked away and dealt with in a facility hopefully far from our homes. Whether its #1 or #2 we don’t have to be too worried thanks to the inventions and advancements of the past.
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