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Archaeologists like other scientists make assumptions that sometimes turn out to be false. This article is about an assumption that turns out to be rather funny.

the Common Constitutionalist

Ancient artifacts thought to be early gaming pieces will have to be reclassified after new research which claims they were actually used to wipe bottoms.

The flat, disc-shaped Roman relics have been  in the collection at Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester, West Sussex, UK, since  the Sixties.

Up until now museum experts thought the items were used for early games like draughts, but an article in the British Medical  Journal has now proposed that they have a very different function.

'Now they are suddenly engaging items': Dr Robert Symmons, curator of the Fishbourne Roman Palace reserve collection, said he thinks the new 'hilarious' explanation of the disks will help people better relate to them‘Now they are suddenly engaging items’: Dr  Robert  Symmons, curator of the Fishbourne Roman Palace reserve  collection, said he  thinks the new ‘hilarious’ explanation of the disks  will help people better relate to them
How far we've come: These are the ancient Roman artefacts thought to be gaming chips that experts now believe were an early equivalent to toilet paperThese are the ancient Roman  artefacts thought to be gaming chips that experts now believe were an  early  equivalent to toilet paper

It is well publicized that Romans used sponges mounted on sticks and dipped in vinegar as an alternative…

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