Iron Age toilet is evidence Judean king dumped on the gods
‘Throne room’ found in Lachish’s monumental gateway dates to period when Hezekiah centralized cult worship in Jerusalem
The King Who Defecated on the Gods
Showing malevolence and disrespect to deities is something that goes back into antiquity from various groups and individuals. However, the literal act of “shitting” on the gods may have actually taken place. An archaeological excavation in Israel as discovered an ancient toilet at Tel Lachish, a city that was important in the Southern Kingdom of Judah after Israel had divided itself. The toilet was discovered in the chamber of a shrine near some smashed altars, in nearby rooms were pot handles bearing the mark of King Hezekiah and Hebrew letters. According to 2 Kings 10:18-28, King Jehu in the Northern Kingdom of Israel had decreed to remove the cult of Baal from Israel after he had overthrown the previous rulers King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.
Under Jehu’s decree the priests of Baal were killed and the shrines were destroyed and, interestingly enough, in 2 Kings 10:27 it is said that the people of Israel used the shrines as a latrine. King Hezekiah in Judah also issued a decree against the worship of other deities and may have done the same things as Jehu. This toilet could be Hezekiah’s message to the cult of Baal.