Skip to comments.Roman toilet paper mistaken for toys
Posted on 01/24/2013 1:36:05 PM PST by Renfield
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.
LONDON, ENGLAND (Catholic Online) - Dr. Robert Symmons, curator of the Fisbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, has announced that new research indicates the ceramic disks, once identified as gaming pieces, were used as sanitary devices, the ancient equivalent of toilet paper.....
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Pessoi as displayed by Dr. Symmons.
I guess they didn’t know how to use the 3 seashells.
What the hell is that under his finger nails?
I’ve seen Haitians use large flat pebbles on children (and I assume on themselves.) When they get down they just fling them away like skipping a stone.
I doubt they were that uncomfortable. The Romans were not likely using them to scrape dingleberrie. They would have used Roman baths to get rid of the excess.
Thanks for the post. I tweeted the link.
CAN’T squeeze the Charminus
What kind of research where they doing???
Didn’t they have corn cobs in Rome?
Now that he found Roman toilet paper, he should continue his search and find a Roman razor.
Here’s an in depth explanation on how to use the three sea shells.
Actually, probably not. Public baths get nasty quickly even if people wash off first. Going in dirty is universally regarded as gross.
As well, the Romans were fairly big believers in what passed for hygiene. They would use skin scrapers after a hot sauna, and if they could be criticized it was for using communal sea sponges as TP, though they would be washed out after each use.
Urine was collected in urns for the clothes cleaners. Since most garments were lightly colored wool, the ammonia in the urine was quite effective in cleaning them, of course rinsing them out after.
No I think maize was from the New World.
Nope. Corn was a “new world” plant, unknown to the Romans.
time for a nice game of doody disc.
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Ok while the subject matter may be unappealing it got me to thinking (and thats never good). Native Americans have left artifacts called Discoidal’s and it’s always been assumed just like the link shows that they were gaming pieces. While I’ve never found a Discoidal on the ranch I have found hundreds of oblong very smooth stones that very in length from 4-6 inches, widths of 2-4 inches with thickness of 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches. First I assumed they were hammer stones yet they show no signs of impact, then I thought maybe they were used for indirect percussion. This has made me rethink their purpose and the reason their always found in old camp sites.
If we say they were used for cleaning the back side then that explains allot of what I’m not seeing when I look at it as a tool. Their always polished smooth and all pretty much share the same shape. When your done doing your business you just rub it in the dirt and clean it off for the next use.
That’s an excellent observation!