Centuries-old toilets in the Tripolis ancient city of southwest Denizli will reportedly be on display by the summer of 2021.
Excavation head Dr. Bahadır Duman noted that the toilets were built around 2,000 years ago to prevent pandemics and can be used by 40 people at once.
Dating back to the peak of the Roman Empire circa B.C. 3rd century, the town has endured many earthquakes and is in notably good shape, Duman said.
The team found the toilets near a large fountain measuring around 100 feet by seven feet.
Noting that the toilets were connected to water and sewage systems, Duman said that toilets were central to Roman urban planning.
“Toilets are located in the center of the city to ensure public hygiene,” Duman said.
The excavation head added that toilets and baths were a place of socialization for Roman urbanites since “they chatted as they took care of their business.”
The excavation team wants to be informed on the times’ eating habits and sanitary principles.