Ellsworth Rosen

This large stone (17 × 19 inches) is probably an ancient toilet. Discovered in 1980, it was embedded in, but somewhat raised above, the plaster floor of a 7th–6th century B.C. Israelite house in the City of David. Beneath the wide hole in the center was a pit more then six feet deep. Similar structures, assumed to be toilets, are known from other sites in the ancient Near East and Egypt.