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Toilets are such an important part of our lives but we generally know so little about them!
- China has flushed Britain's claims to have invented the water closet down the pan with the discovery of a 2,000-year-old toilet complete with running water, a stone seat and a comfortable armrest.
Archaeologists found the antique latrine in the tomb of a king of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC to 24 AD), who believed his soul would need to enjoy human life after death
According to the BBC news (26 July 2000) - In July 2000 archaeologists discovered what they say is the oldest known water closet in a 2000 year old tomb of a King of central China. The stoned toilet had a seat, an arm rest and could be flushed with piped water. This was placed in his tomb as the King believed his soul would need it in his after life. This toilet is believed to be the earliest of it's kind ever to be discovered. This toilet dates back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC to 24 AD).
There is some controversey surrounding who invented the first flushing system with other archaeologists Meanwhile a series of stone closets at the Palace of Knossoss in Crete are regarded by many archaeologists as being the oldest example of flushing technology - dating back to between 3,000 and 1,500 BC.