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Mayan Plumbing Found In Ancient City 220

Posted by kdawson
from the series-of-tubes dept.
DarkKnightRadick writes "An archaeologist and a hydrologist have published evidence that the ancient Mayans had pressurized plumbing as early as sometime between the year 100 (when the city of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico, was first founded) and 800 (when it was abandoned). While the Egyptians had plumbing way earlier (around 2500 BC), this is the first instance of plumbing in the New World prior to European exploration and conquest."
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Mayan Plumbing Found In Ancient City

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  • Re:Better than ours? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cryacin (657549) on Tuesday May 04, 2010 @09:59PM (#32093378)
    Actually, until Typhoid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoid) struck in the late 19th century, even king's used to defecate in their bedrooms. The stench of feces used to be quite common amongst the civilised.

    It usually takes a large amount of death/discomfort/destruction for things to change unfortunately. Especially with such a large public works project such as sanitation and clean water.

    All though the Thames still stinks, I'm sure that it used to be much, much, much worse than even India at the time.
  • Re:Better than ours? (Score:4, Informative)

    by amRadioHed (463061) on Tuesday May 04, 2010 @10:23PM (#32093514)

    Even more important to improving sanitation than death, discomfort, and destruction was the concept of germs which was only just gaining traction in the late 19th century.

  • Re:Better than ours? (Score:5, Informative)

    by rubycodez (864176) on Tuesday May 04, 2010 @11:06PM (#32093750)

    you mean it was re-gaining traction. Funny how it took western civilization over 1500 years to get back to where medicine was at the peak of the Roman Empire. Marcus Varro, 36 B.C. "and because there are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases". Other Roman doctors know to use antiseptics and antibiotics, and knew of germs/viruses by indirect means. Of course, 600 years before that, Indian civilization knew and wrote of living infectious agents they couldn't see , and had drugs and procedure to kill them and to inoculate.

    But in the mid 19th century U.S. physicians were putting leaches on Abraham Lincoln, the primitive morons.

  • Re:Better than ours? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Lorens (597774) on Wednesday May 05, 2010 @01:34AM (#32094534) Journal

    All joking aside, Native Americans both in North and South America had rather terrible sanitation systems, even by the standards of their day. It was not unusual for them to defecate around the fire pits where they cooked and ate.

    All my modding in this thread will be wasted now, but I don't have a mod named

    [citation needed]

    I've never heard Mayans called the "Native Americans" of South America.

  • Re:Better than ours? (Score:3, Informative)

    by sourcerror (1718066) on Wednesday May 05, 2010 @07:35AM (#32096200)

    Last time I checked the Bible, the old testament has passages about to bury your feces, not to make love with a menstruating woman, and some other common sense stuff. Heck, do you have any idea why Jews and Muslims don't eat pork?

  • Re:Better than ours? (Score:3, Informative)

    by et764 (837202) on Wednesday May 05, 2010 @03:46PM (#32103386)
    I and most Christians I know do not have a problem with condoms, and we probably wouldn't even recommend prayer as the most effective way to prevent HIV. What we'd probably recommend instead is to only have sex with the person you're married to. Sure, this doesn't work too well against rape and blood transfusions, but then again, condoms don't really work there either.

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