Did some following up on ye olde Egyptian bathroom issue, and from what I see there are only a few of the wealthier households that tend to have lavatories in their houses; the workmen’s villages (such as that at Kahun) show no evidence of any bathrooms or lavatory facilities in the structures. Hence, it appears that the vast majority of the population — at least up until Greco-Roman times? — probably just squatted down outside and did their business. What I wonder is if there were special locations around each village for such things, or did each little group have their own latrine area? I would imagine there would be certain areas, probably more than one, in each village or group of houses for that.
A guy named DM Dixon did several papers between the early 1970s and at least 1989 on Egyptian waste disposal, and in one from 1970 he makes reference to a book-length treatment that was “In preparation” but it appears that it was never actually completed. Wrote to my friend Andie a couple of years ago asking about him — they were both at U College London — but from what I recall he had recently passed away. Pity, I would have dearly loved to talk to him about this stuff.
Anyway, I’m pretty much done with the whole toilet business, at least as far as the current paper I’m working on is concerned, now I’m on to generalized trash disposal and thence to the placement of industrial areas.