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Roman latrines, Housteads fort


The large, deep trenches to the left and right would have been covered with long wooden boxes having holes in, upon which the Roman soldiers would have sat to 'perform their ablutions'.

Water would have been running through the trenches to flush the waste away.It also flowed through the shallow gutters running the length of the latrine which was where the soldiers washed the cloth-covered sticks which were used instead of modern day toilet roll. Hence the phrase "don't get the wrong end of the stick".


Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

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