A King’s John? Another Biblical-Era Toilet Found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists announced the discovery of a 2,700 year-old toilet, complete with septic tank, in a large ancient building along the Haas Promenade, just south of Jerusalem.

Stone toilet from Iron Age Judah (Divided Kingdom period), discovered along the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem. (Credit: Yoli Schwartz / Israel Antiquities Authority)

A couple of other toilets have been found in Jerusalem and Judah over the years, including the Lachish toilet in early 2016. An indoor toilet appears to have been a luxury afforded by a wealthy few during Iron Age Judah (a.k.a. the Divided Kingdom period).

This toilet has a septic tank that may have been cleaned out occasionally by servants or slaves. A number of bowls were found in the room, which archaeologist Yaakov Billig suggests may have held aromatic substances to act as air fresheners.

The large building may have been a royal palace of Judah. The location afforded a great view of the City of David, the Temple Mount, and the Mt. of Olives in the distance. (credit: YOLI SCHWARTZ/IAA)

Archaeologist Yaakov Billig, who excavated this toilet, notes this it was located in a palace-like building with Judahite royal capitals in its architecture. It may have belonged to a king of Judah. Could this have been the other throne of a biblical king?

Archaeology Yaakov Bullig examining the ancient toilet en situ. (Credit: Yoli Schwartz / Israel Antiquities Authority)

Learn more about this new discovery here and here.


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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