A recent study confirms that the inhabitants of the ancient city of Pompeii were not limited to street level plumbing, in fact, many in the city may have headed to the upstairs from their homes to ease the call of the wild.
Most of the upper floors of the Roman city were destroyed after the Vesuvius eruption that devastated Pompeii in 79. However, pipelines Verticals leading to the second floors of the buildings suggest that there were once bathrooms. According to a new analysis by A. Kate Trusler, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Missouri: 'We have 23 bathrooms that are connected to these downspouts“The anthropologist told LiveScience Trusler last Friday, January 4, during the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle, where he presented his research.
Trusler became interested in Pompeii latrines six years ago, while doing field work in the city. Previous investigations had agreed that in Pompeii you could find a toilet in almost every house. However, the results supporting that theory were confusing. While walking around town, Trusler said, there was evidence of toilets in many of the homes, while in others there appeared to be no sign of a toilet space.
«Y"Trusler added,"there are all these downspouts that are part of the overall image of the city that no one is really considering«.
So Trusler decided to carry out plumbing studies, of mapping the places with latrines and vertical pipes throughout the city. A residential district, known to archaeologists as Region 6, has bathrooms on all the lower floors of homes. But in other areas the blocks contained few toilets. In total, 43 percent of homes in the city had ground-floor latrines, Trusler said.
The downspouts are the items that make up half of the find. These vertical tubes, usually made of terracotta (modeled and oven-hardened clay) are found concentrated in the oldest part of the city, where many workshops and small businesses were crammed into close quarters. A total of 286 tubes run through the walls of these buildings, which are mostly directed to the second floors of the houses.
By scraping the inside of the pipes, they obtained fecal material and remains of intestinal parasites, which proved an obvious evacuation use. The installation of pipes in the upper part of the houses it offers a window into everyday life in Pompeii, Trusler said.
«Sanitation features can tell us a lot about what people were doing on the upper floors«, He pointed out. «What we suggest is that people live there«.
The most downspouts They were probably installed during the 1st century BC. to the 1st AD, declared the archaeologist, at the same time that a water pumping system was being developed in the city. As Trusler points out «We actually have a plumbing and urban development systems based in Pompeii«.