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The Roman sewer discovered under York – and what it confirmed about toilet habits!

In 1972 a large sewer was discovered under Church Street in York. Big enough to walk through, early investigations clearly identified it as a very old structure, most likely of Roman origin. This was later confirmed. Like today’s modern sewers, this underground route included many features such as side channels, sluices and even manhole covers in the street above. The size of it allowed slaves access to clean the sewer of any build-up of excrement or other detritus which had been washed down [...]