Archaeology & History
Roman toilet paper mistaken for toys
By T.K. Randall
January 25, 2013 · 25 comments
Image Credit: Matthias Kabel
Ceramic disks once thought to be game pieces have turned out to be an ancient form of toilet roll.
The objects have been reclassified as sanitary devices thanks to a new study by researchers. The somewhat uncomfortable form of toilet paper would have been used by the ancient Romans to clean themselves after a visit to the facilities. In a further humorous twist, it is thought that some Romans would have etched the names of people they didn't like on to a disk before using it.
The ancient Romans were well known for building some of the most sophisticated public toilets in the ancient world with designs that would disappear alongside them and wouldn't be rediscovered for hundreds of years.
Ancient artifacts in a British museum have been reclassified as Roman toilet paper. Previously they were displayed as gaming pieces until researchers took another look at them. The artifacts are made of ceramic, and would have been rather - uncomfortable.
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