World's oldest wooden toilet seat discovered at Hadrian's Wall

Toilet seat
© Vindolanda Trust

The Romans had pretty sophisticated toilets, often with running water and stone seats. But up in the north end of Roman Britain, where they were building Hadrian's Wall, a stone seat would be pretty uncomfortable. Now archaeologists working at Vindolanda, a Roman fort near the wall, have dug up a well-preserved, albeit well-used wooden toilet seat in what appears to be the fort's dump. Director of Excavations, Dr Andrew Birley says in a press release:

As soon as we started to uncover it there was no doubt at all on what we had found. 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 - their drains often contain astonishing artefacts. Let’s face it, if you drop something down a Roman latrine you are unlikely to attempt to fish it out unless you are pretty brave or foolhardy.

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Vindolanda had other comforts as well; those little stone piers are part of a radiant floor heating system under the commanding officer's quarters. More at Vindolanda's website

I will have to add this to my History of the Bathroom.

World's oldest wooden toilet seat discovered at Hadrian's Wall
Because who wants to sit on cold stone? Here's the poop on this great find.

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