2nd August 2006
The season at Tell es-Safi (ancient Gath) has almost come to a close. We have been able to follow the progress of the dig through their excellent blog here. On their July 31st update, they had an interesting discussion of Area F. What caught my eye was the object which they identified as a stone weight — I prefer to see it as an ancient potty!
This is the fourth in a series of semi-serious posts on â€œGoing Potty in the Ancient World.â€? My other posts include:
- Going Potty in Ancient Times (GPAT 1)
- Going Potty in the City of David (GPAT 2)
- Going Potty in Ancient Hippos (GPAT 3)
All posts in this series may be viewed here.
While the identification of the object as a stone weight is possible, I’m not sure how they missed the clear indications that this object is indeed a toilet. The toilet paper and the fallen sign are clear giveaways to this amateur archaeologist!
This is exciting news… perhaps this is even the toilet that Goliath used before being killed by David! We have already found Goliath’s cereal bowl, and now this! All I can say is “Wow!”
(I sure hope Prof. Aren M. Maeir has a sense of humour!)