Pestle or dildo? Six-inch wooden implement may be a Roman sex toy, say academics

Artefact may “be the first known sex object from the Roman Empire” according to new research.

Archaeologists at Newcastle University and University College Dublin have conducted new research into the sauciest relic ever—a 6.2in-long wooden phallus which may have been used a sex toy by the Romans. The eye-popping piece was discovered in 1992 at the Vindolanda Roman fort in Northumbria, England, just south of Hadrian’s Wall. But further investigation has revealed the more salacious side to the ancient piece which could have doubled up a dildo.

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