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18. The Latrine

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Toilets were usually found within the bath house on isolated estates, such was probably also the case here in Hechingen-Stein. This had the advantage of making use of the already installed fresh and waste water conduits. A water canal was located directly under the row of seats which were usually made of wood. One can easily picture the water, flowing downhill, being channelled under the row of toilet seats. Perhaps the used bath water was also channelled through here. In front of the seats there was another canal with fresh, flowing water. Using this water and with a sponge, one could clean oneself. There was no wall between the individual seats. Latrines were a social gathering place for doing all sorts of "business".

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