Wednesday, August 25, 2004

First Toilet And Sewer System Of Prehistoric Period Found In Van

VAN - The first toilet and sewer system of prehistoric period was found in an Urartian castle in Gurpinar town of eastern province of Van.

In an interview with the A.A correspondent, Istanbul University Eurasian Archaeology Institute Director Prof. Dr. Oktay Belli said on Saturday that they had unearthed a toilet in the western part of Cavustepe Castle built by Urartian King Sarduri II in 764 BC.

''We revealed that Urartian architects had formed a sewer system before building the castle. The toilet and sewer system in the castle is similar to today's toilets,'' he said.

During 764 BCE, they still had the first Bet HaMikdash, and the two divided kingdoms of Yehuda and Israel. The prophet Yeshayahu was born one year previous, in 765 BCE.

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