Gaming Piece or Roman Toilet Paper?

Think your toilet paper is rough? Try these! Formerly thought to be broken Roman "gaming pieces", these round ceramic  discs are now believed to be the equivalent of a roll of toilet paper.

Ranging in size from 1-4 inches, these pieces were excavated near Chichester in West Sussex. (photos) While Romans are known to have used sponges on sticks for personal hygiene, there is an ancient Greek proverb that refers to stones wiping one's bottom, as well as paintings on ceramics using similar stones for the same purpose.

Similar pessoi have been found in Roman latrines in other areas of Europe. Ever inventive, some had names of enemies written on them!