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A 2,700-year-old toilet discovered in Jerusalem was a rare luxury.

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It is an uncommon find, as pooping in toilets was a luxury reserved for the elite thousands of years ago.

Archaeologists uncovered a 2,700-year-old private toilet inside the ruins of an ancient royal estate in Jerusalem recently. It is an uncommon find, as pooping in toilets was a luxury reserved for the elite thousands of years ago.

Private restrooms have previously been "discovered in just a very few locations in Israel and Jerusalem," according to Yaakov Billig, an archaeologist and the Israel Antiquities Authority's excavation director, in a YouTube video. "This is a highly uncommon find because it was only available to the wealthy."

The toilet is made of limestone and features a soft seat and a hole in the center, "so whoever is sitting there would be quite comfortable," according to Billig. The toilet, which was discovered above a septic tank, was discovered within a rectangular cottage that served as the old bathroom.

According to Billig, the bathroom also housed 30 to 40 bowls. He hypothesized that the bowls were used to store air fresheners, such as pleasant-smelling oil or incense.

The archaeologists collected animal bones and pottery, as well as soil from the septic tank below, in order to learn about the time's lifestyles, diets, and diseases.

The archaeologists also unearthed decorative stones within the settlement that were carved for a variety of reasons, such as stone capitals — little detailed pieces of stone that form the tops of columns — or window frames and railings, according to Billig in the film. Billig and his crew discovered evidence of a garden filled with decorative trees, fruit trees, and aquatic plants around the toilet.

According to the statement, all of these antiques aid the researchers in recreating the image of an "extensive and lush" estate. 

Archaeologists originally uncovered the remnants of the historic mansion on Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv promenade two years ago, and excavations are still ongoing. According to Billig in the movie, it was "possibly a palace of one of the rulers of the Judean Kingdom."

This isn't the first time archaeologists have been intrigued by ancient people's restroom habits.

The archaeological record provides some suggestions as to what our forefathers might have used as toilet paper thousands of years before rolls of Scott and Cottenelles were stocked on Target shelves. According to Live Science, ancient people had a range of remedies for wiping their bottoms, ranging from corn cobs to snow.