What Ancient Toilets Can Teach Us About Maya Life

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How did ancient toilets work? The Maya toilet may have only worked because they ate tamales, a delicious Mesoamerican staple corn dish steamed in corn husks. Before the Maya could make a tamale, they had to soak corn kernels in a caustic alkaline solution to make them more elastic when pounded into a dough. What did they do with the toxic liquid? Evidence from ancient toilets suggests that they used it to flush their poop and prevent it from getting smelly, getting rid of two waste products in one go! Read full article here

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