Roman artifacts recovered from the drains of public baths have revealed new insights in to their history.
To those who had access to them in ancient Rome, the baths were a place not just to wash but also to socialize with others in the community. Artifacts such as food remains and sewing needles recovered from these buildings have revealed that some of the people who went there engaged in activities aside from bathing. At one site archaeologists even found a scalpel lodged down a drain indicating that medical procedures may have been carried out there.
"For the Romans, the baths weren't just a place to get clean, but this larger social center where a variety of activities were taking place," said study researcher Alissa Whitmore.
"Ever go swimming with rings on your fingers or hoops in your ears only to find your jewelry had vanished after your dip? If so, you've got something in common with ancient Romans."
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