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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Ancient toilet unearthed in Jerusalem shows elite were plagued by intestinal parasites. Unlike today where the elite are the parasites   (smithsonianmag.com) divider line
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2022-01-25 2:57:23 PM  
Maybe the ancients should have been taking their Ivermectin /s
 
2022-01-25 2:58:57 PM  
So, an ancient civilization with no running water and little sanitation was plagued by intestinal parasites?

No way!
 
2022-01-25 4:06:54 PM  
Elites have always been parasites.
 
2022-01-25 4:09:38 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Elites have always been parasites.


Sounds like communist propaganda to me.
 
2022-01-25 4:42:32 PM  
This isn't really surprising. Everybody had intestinal parasites back then.

And when you look at Ancient Rome, the same intestinal parasite issue still existed, despite public baths and water fountains, the sewage system, and all the miles of pipes and aqueducts that were built to bring fresh water to Rome every day.

And why did the rich have intestinal parasites?

The meat they bought were loaded with them. It wasn't always fresh, so foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria was rife. Food safety standards weren't as high as they are right now. In many rich people's houses, the toilet facilities were located right by the kitchen and people weren't washing their hands with soap and warm water to kill off germs. Kitchen workers didn't get a day or two off when they were sick. So getting an intestinal parasite was bound to happen.

It wasn't any better when they left Rome to spend time at their country villa or their house by the seashore either. The odds of getting sick were much higher.
 
2022-01-25 5:14:00 PM  
That's what you get for buying gas station "fresh" egg salad sandwiches.
 
2022-01-25 5:15:27 PM  
Coprolites must be a popular topic, digging up old shiat and looking for details people thought were private.
 
2022-01-25 5:18:47 PM  
I, too, am plagued by intestinal parasites.
 
2022-01-25 5:36:53 PM  

eyeq360: This isn't really surprising. Everybody had intestinal parasites back then.

And when you look at Ancient Rome, the same intestinal parasite issue still existed, despite public baths and water fountains, the sewage system, and all the miles of pipes and aqueducts that were built to bring fresh water to Rome every day.

And why did the rich have intestinal parasites?

The meat they bought were loaded with them. It wasn't always fresh, so foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria was rife. Food safety standards weren't as high as they are right now. In many rich people's houses, the toilet facilities were located right by the kitchen and people weren't washing their hands with soap and warm water to kill off germs. Kitchen workers didn't get a day or two off when they were sick. So getting an intestinal parasite was bound to happen.

It wasn't any better when they left Rome to spend time at their country villa or their house by the seashore either. The odds of getting sick were much higher.


This is actually very old news.  I'm a little disappointed, actually.
 
2022-01-25 6:11:16 PM  
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2022-01-25 6:51:03 PM  

raerae1980: This is actually very old news.


Umm...

Doesn't that apply to anything regarding archaeology?

/😉
 
2022-01-25 7:06:48 PM  

iron de havilland: raerae1980: This is actually very old news.

Umm...

Doesn't that apply to anything regarding archaeology?

/😉


<_<
>_>
..........maaaybe
 
2022-01-25 8:47:58 PM  
Didn't find anything in the Talmud about rich people having indoor plumbing.  There's something called the four cubit rule but that was written down from 800 to 1400 years later than Assyrian conquest of the 10 tribes of Israel and the siege of Judah.
 
2022-01-26 8:25:42 AM  
AGAIN with the discovery of X-particles in the primordial soup...
 
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