Communal Latrine With up to 800 men living in the fort, good hygiene was essential to keep the healthy. Located in the southeast corner of the fort, this latrine ("latrina") reveals the clean, communal attitude to hygiene in the Roman world. The latrine has a deep sewer, originally covered with a wooden floor and benches with holes to form multiple toilet seats. The sewer was flushed by rainwater brought from all over the fort in drains, and out via a culvert under the fort wall.
The Romans: 753 BC – 410 AD - Toilet paper did not exist. Instead, they used a sponge attached to a wooden handle. This stick was dipped into a water channel, or bucket, and then used. The stick was shared by everyone who used the toileting facilities. It is said that some rich Romans, not wanting to use the stick and sponge, used an ostrich feather instead. It is thought that the saying, “getting the wrong end of the stick”, came from this time period.