Archaeologists in Yueyang City, China, have reportedly uncovered a what may be a 2,400-year-old flush toilet system.
The researchers made the discovery during an excavation of two enormous buildings within palace ruins in Shaanxi province, once the capital of a plethora of Chinese dynasties, according to Ancient Origins. The structure of the toilet system shows a clear flush element, which may have been used some 2,200-2,400 years ago, during the Warring States period and Han Dynasty.
The entire system has yet to be uncovered, but the current discoveries suggest that China was home to a far more technologically advanced society than previously believed.
Recently, Shaanxi #archaeologists discovered a flush toilet about 2400 years ago. This is the only remains of a toilet found in the #archaeology of ancient #Chinese palaces.🧐 pic.twitter.com/SRUJQfF5ba
— T-Time HK (@HKPOTATO4) February 15, 2023
“It is the first and only flush toilet to be ever unearthed in China,” archaeologist Liu Rui told China Daily. “Everybody at the site was surprised, and then we all burst into laughter… The toilet provides concrete evidence of the importance ancient Chinese people attached to sanitation.” (RELATED: Archeologists’ Findings Prove We Need To Rewrite Human History)
The discovery comes as a spate of others from around the world call upon archaeologists and historians to reconsider the degree of development reached by our ancestors. The general belief that we currently exist in the only advanced globalized civilization is rapidly being disproved, suggesting we are far more vulnerable than our elected leaders would have us believe.