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Last modified: October, 2017

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October, 2017: Roman Archaeology Congress in Edinburgh UK, April, 2018 (conference)

The Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) is the premier international conference devoted to Roman archaeology. It is organised by the Roman Society every two years. Edinburgh is proud to host RAC in 2018 when it will take place on the 12-14 April, with excursions scheduled for the 15th. In 2018, RAC will be hosted with TRAC (the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference).
There will be a special session on Water and Urbanism, organized by prof. Jim Crow, dr. Duncan Keenan-Jones and dr. Gül Sürmelihindi.


October, 2017: Second workshop on the aqueduct of Segovia (Spain) (workshop)

The second workshop on the different aspects of the aqueduct of Segovia will be held from October 16 - 22, 2017. There will be many interesting site visits. With special attention to Traian, 1900 years after the death of the emperor.

The first workshop took place in October 2016. Its proceedings(Actas) are available in good bookshops and at the aqueduct museum shop which is co-hosted in the museum Casa de la Moneda (Mint museum), Calle de Moneda in Segovia.


September, 2017: Visit (in) to the Diocletian aqueduct in Split (Croatia) (site-visit)

Urban Adventures offers an almost private tour in and along the Diocletian aqueduct in Split (Croatia).
Highlights: visit the ruins of the aqueduct, explication why this ancient aqueduct is a marvel of Roman hydro-engineering, underground tour along the remains of the 9-kilometre ruins, and stories about Emperor Diocletian, his palace, and the legacy he left behind.
Inclusions: local English-speaking guide, professional speleology, waders and helmet for guests, two tickets for local bus. Exclusions: items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Schedule details: duration: 3 hours, meeting point: beginning of the Riva (Promenade) near the mock-up model of the city, Split 21000, starting time: 9.00 AM
Ending point: Riva (Promenade).
More info: tel. +385 99 575 2754, e-mail.

Note that Split had two aqueducts: the late Roman Diocletian aqueduct, and the Salona aqueduct from the time of Augustus. See this website


August 2017: Paul Kessener's PhD-defense in Nijmegen (NL) (PhD-defense)

Om Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 14.30h Paul Kessener will defend his PhD-work at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The title of his PhD-thesis: "Roman water distribution and inverted siphons, until our days".
This open ceremony will take place in the Aula of the university, Commeniuslaan 2, Nijmegen. Thereafter the reception will take place in the same room.


July, 2017: Workshop on wells and cisterns (Athens, September 28-29, 2017)(workshop)

The workshop 'Going Against the Flow, wells, cisterns and water in ancient Greece' focuses on the use of wells and cisterns, how these installations functioned and were used in ancient Greece, as well as how they can be better integrated into our understanding of the ancient water supply.
The workshop is divided into two parts. The first is centred on the water sources in their context, discussing use, function and terminology. The second is on contextualisation from other perspectives and disciplines.

The workshop will he help in the Swedish Institute at Athens, 28 - 29 September 2017. Organiser is Dr. Patrik Klingborg, Uppsala University, Engelska Parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala, Sweden, tel: +46736151874.
Send your application to: Patrik Klingborg.


June, 2017: Functions of the ancient water pools in Jerusalem (article)

A significant number of water pools existed in Jerusalem in the Late Hellenistic and Early Roman periods. This paper offers an explanation of this phenomenon based on its cultural, historical, and archaeological context. The article discusses the corpus of pools, including the dating, the methods of water collection and their possible use in light of similar water installations that were common in this period. In the analysis of the pools’ appearance in Jerusalem, the paper examines the broader context of the phenomenon - water utilisation by Jewish society in the time of the Second Temple before 70 CE.
The conclusion drawn by David Gurevich is that the pools are a manifestation of the wide-scale pilgrimage movement to Jerusalem that emerged in the Late Second Temple.
For a more global description of many of these pools, see our website.
In: Palestine Exporation Quarterly vol 149-2 (2017) pag 103 - 134.


May-June, 2017: Topoi conference on archaeohydrology (symposium)

From May 31 - June 2, 2017 the DAI / TOPOI organises the conference:

Archaeohydrology of oases and cities; water management, climate, technological change and social contexts.

Meeting place: Topoi building Dahlem, Hittorfstrasse 18, Berlin.
The aim of the conference is to promote a disciplinary concept of archaeohydrology by three means:
1) to present examples of archaeohydrological research from oases and cities,
2) to evaluate methodological characteristics of the new subject in a workshop, discussing strategies of how to establish archaeohydrology as a research field in its own right, and
3) to identify basics for an „applied archaeohydrology“


May 2017: Frontinus conference in Rome 2018 (symposium)

The next international conference of the (German) Frontinus-society on the history of water management and hydraulic engineering in the Mediterranean region, will be held in Rome, November 10 - 18, 2018.
The program includes a series of short lectures (in German or English) and interesting site visits, often to places general not open to the public. Application before June 29, 2017. For more details, see the website of the Frontinus society.


April 2017: Part of a 3rd c BCE aqueduct discovered in Rome (excavations)

Remains of one of the oldest aqueducts in Rome has been discovered during constructions works in the center of the city. The aqueduct dates back to the 3rd century BCE and its unearthed section is of 32 meters long. "The ruins emerged during work on a ventilation shaft about 32 meters wide and involving an area of about 800 square meters for line C of the metro, which started over two years ago", said Simona Morretta, the heritage department’s head archaeologist for the area.


March, 2017: Lecture in Tambach-Dietharz (Germany) on occasion of World Water Day (lecture)

March 24, 2017 is United Nations' World Water Day. On this occasion Florian Tanz MA (University of Trier) will give a lecture on the water supply and drainage of Trier. The titel of his lexture will be: "Baths, Pumps, and Channels". Venue: Bürgerhaus / Saal, Burgstallstrasse 31a, Tambach-Dietharz, Germany.


March, 2017: 'Offspring' seminar of the DWhG (Germany) in March, 2017 (seminar)

From March 17 - 19 the DWhG (Deutsch Wasser historisch Gesellschaft) organises the 7th Nachwuchs (offspring) seminar in Trier (Germany), under supervision of dr. Kai Wellbrock (Technical University Lübeck) and Florian Tanz M.A. (University of Trier). Goal is to strengthen the interests between young members of the DWhG by exchanging knowledge and experiences. Main language will be German.
For more information and admission, contact Kai Wellbrock or Florian Tanz.

more info

February, 2017: Water in Roman Emona (Slovenia) (PhD-thesis)

A new PhD-thesis (2016) on ancient water works has been published, this time on the Roman water structures in Ljubljana, the present capital of Slovenia. The researcher is dr. Andrej Gaspari and the title "Voda V Rimski Emoni - Water in Roman Emona". It is totally bilingual, both in Slovakian and English. You can find it on

From the same author and the same website, an introduction on prehistoric and Roman Emona / Ljubljana (2014), including a short chapter on its ancient water supply systems. The title is: Prehistoric and Roman EMONA, a guide through the archaeological past of Ljubljana's predecessor.


February, 2017: Guided walk (7/5/2017) to the aqueduct of Aesica (GB) (excursion)

The Northumberland National Park Authority organises a one-day excursion / guided walk to the aqueduct of the Roman fort Great Chesters / Aesica along Hadrian's Wall on Sunday May 7, 2017, starting at 10.30h local time from Cawfields, north of Haltwistle (UK).


January 2017: An additional stretch of the Viminacium aqueduct (Serbia) discovered (excavations)

Excavation brought to light the remains of the Roman aqueduct from 1st century CE, at Viminacium, the Roman fortified town and legionaries camp in present-day eastern Serbia, near Kostolac. Archaeologists have discovered about 1.000 meters of the Roman aqueduct, geophysical methods showed another 1,800 meters, while remote detection found an additional 1,350 meters of it.
It was built by Roman soldiers from two legions – Legio III Flavia Felix and Legio VII Claudia Pia Fidelis. The aqueduct was built of stone, bound with lime mortar. The sides of the aqueduct were covered with lime mortar too, and the underneath layer was made of water resistant mortar. The bottom was built of fire-baked bricks with stamps of the Roman legions that have built it. In the upper part, the aqueduct was covered with massive floor bricks. Its total length was about 10 kilometers.


January 2017: Earliest Roman Aqueduct of Ancient Philipopolis Discovered in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) (excavations)

Second century CE Roman structures from what was the earliest aqueduct of ancient Philipopolis, the predecessor of today’s Plovdiv in southern Bulgaria, have been discovered during a road rehabilitation project. Along the route of the Komatevsko Shose road, the archaeologists have also found clay pipes from a late antiquity pipeline.


January 2017: temporary closing of the Pont du Gard Museum (France) (museum)

Because of maintenance, the museum, cinema and lido area near the Pont du Gard aqueduct bridge are closed from January 9 - 22, 2017.


December 2016: two important DWhG-publications (books)

What I discovered too late in 2016: two new publications of the Deutsche Wasserhistorische Gesellschaft (DWhG):

- Wasser für die Dekapolis, römische Fernwasserleitung in Syrien und Jordanien, (Water for the Decapolis, a Roman long-distance water channel in Syria and Jordan, in German), written by prof. dr. M. Döring and others.
DWhG-Sonderband nr 12 (2016), 370 pages including many beautiful drawings. Price € 44,90 (DWhG-members € 32,-) plus postage.

- Die innerstädtische Wasserbewirtschaftung im hellenistisch-römischen Pergamon (The inner-city water supply in Hellenistic and Roman Pergamon, in German), PhD-thesis of Dr.-ing. K Wellbrock.
DWhG-Sonderband nr 14 (2016), 292 pages. Price € 36,- (DWhG-members € 28,- ) plus postage.

These publications can be ordered by an E-mail to the DWhG or by using a form via the website.


December 2016: New web address of the Hydra-website (URL-change)

The Hydria-project calls itself as a website on collection, storage & distribution of water in antiquity, linking ancient wisdom to modern needs. Its focus is on ancient water systems around the Mediterranean, not only (Roman) aqueducts but also qanats, cisterns, and aqueducts of more recent dates.
The website encloses now over 30 monographs from Maroc to Jordan and from Croatia to Algeria, in English and partly in Greek and Arabic.
Recently it moved its complete website from to


November, 2016: Underground Aqueducts Handbook (book)

This book presents the major engineering achievements in underground aqueducts from around the world and throughout history. It provides valuable insights into water technologies and management with respect to durability, adaptability to the environment, and sustainability. Comparisons of the technological underground aqueduct developments from several regions are made. These technologies are the underpinning of modern achievements in water supply engineering and water management practices, and current issues of sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and decentralization have led engineers to consider combining older proven technologies with modern infrastructure advancements. [text from the website of CRC-Press]
Editors: A.N. Angelakis, E. Chiotis, S. Eslamian, and H. Weingartner.
Price £ 127 (probably € 200), 522 pages.

Enclosed the Table of Content, Preface and List of Authors.
Preview including the first chapter.


November, 2016: the Roman road, the monumental arch and the aqueduct in Tyr (book)

This book focuses on monuments of the site of Tyre el-Bass (close to present Sour, Lebanon), one of two main archaeological areas of Tyre city in an extra-urban position: the ancient road, the monumental arch and the aqueduct. The ancient road is the backbone of the site. The monumental arch dates back to the end of the first century CE and spans the ancient road just before the circus; its function would have been that of an urban gateway defining the limits of the municipal area and acting as a customs post.
The aqueduct is at the southern side of the road that captures the sources of Ras al-Ain, located 5 km to the south of the city. This aqueduct extends to a 7 km length and has several sections, some of which are well preserved.
Price € 55, 238 pages.

Use the field 'Rechercher un livre' by typing the title of the book.

November, 2016: New dating of the famous aqueduct of Segovia (Spain)

El País reports that the discovery of a coin has revised the construction date for the Segovia Aqueduct to the early years of the second century A.D. A team of researchers analyzed materials collected during an excavation at three of the aqueduct's pillars in the Plaza del Azoguejo, the city's old market square, in 1998. The fill in the foundations included ceramics from workshops in La Rioja dating to the first third of the second century A.D., and a Roman coin minted between A.D. 112 and 116. Previous studies of anchors used to hang large bronze letters on the arches of the aqueduct suggested that the structure had been erected around A.D. 98.

El Pais
(AIA) Archaeology

November 2016: five new entries of Spanish aqueducts (website)

After a full week of travelling photo material has been collected about five well-known Spanish aqueducts like the ones of Andelos (only partly Roman!), Barcelona (scarce remains), Los Banales (wooden channel?) and Uxama with its characteristic shaped Ucero tunnel.


October 2016: Roman water supply systems (article)

In 2014 Isaac Moreno received the Frontinus medal. Recently he published the long version of his acceptance speech on the Traianus site. Most interesting are his remarks on the dating of some 'Roman' dams in Spain amoung which the dams north of Merida.


September 2016: Symposium on ancient water for Toledo (symposium)

The official titel of this symposium - held on September 29 and 30, 2016 in Toledo - is 'El agua en Toledo y en su entorno, épocas romana y medieval (Water in Toledo and its surroundings in Roman and medieval times).

The main archaeological data from excavations in the city of Toledo were addressed in three courses, organized by the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, in 1999, 2005 and 2009. The present symposium aims to exchange views and information among historians, archaeologists and architects who have investigated the water in the city of Toledo and its surroundings in Roman and medieval times.

They will address among others the following topics: the written contribution to the knowledge of Toledo and its environment, water in the city in public spaces like baths and fountains, in religious space (cathedral, churches, synagogues, ritual baths), in private spaces, the economy of the city, tannery, pottery, etc . and also the chronology of architecture linked to water in Roman and medieval times.


September 2016: 4th IWA symposium on water in ancient civilizations (symposium)

The 4th IWA international symposium on water and wastewater technologies in cncient civilizations will be held in Coimbra (Portugal) from September 17 - 19, 2016.
It is dedicated to themes relevant to ancient, traditional and cultural technologies of water and wastewater globally, since the prehistoric era. This event also aims to promote interactions, to motivate discussions and to encourage collaborations among the global community on water, wastewater and stormwater management. Information about ancient technologies of water and sanitation in various civilizations, which enhance durable engineering practices and water management, are crucial to develop present and future technologies.


August 2016: Overview of the major aqueducts in Hispania (e-book)

Recently Elena Sánchez López and Javier Martínez Jiménez made a beautiful overview of the top 66 Roman aqueducts in Spain and Portugal under the title 'Los acueductos de Híspania, constructción y abandono'. This 300 pagine book is downloadable free from the website of the Fundación Juanelo Turriano and is part of the Colección Juanelo Turriano de Historia de la Ingeniería.

This book provides a detailed and updated study of Roman aqueducts of Hispania. Divided in two parts, the first exposes the origin, use, construction, and abandonment of this important part of the Spanish and Portugese infrastructure in antiquity. The second part is a comprehensive catalog of known aqueducts in the Iberian Peninsula, allowing us to complete the analysis of the contribution of this region to one of the most important legacies of the history of civil engineering.


July 2016: Prolongation of the exhibition "Water for the Roman towns" until October 2016

The exhibition "Water for the Roman towns" in the Archaeological Park Xanten (APX) is prolonged until October 30, 2016. See also our announcement in November 2015 below.


July 2016: A new book about the Gier aqueduct (Lyon, France) (book)

Recently Jean-Claude Litaudon published a new book about the Gier aqueduct of Lyon, the result of 20 years of study. The title of the book (over 300 pages in full colour) is: L'aqueduc romain du Gier ou du Pilat" and can be ordered by Jean-Claude Litaudon, 1, Place Aristide-Briand, 42100 Saint-Etienne, or via the author. The price is € 25,- plus postage.


July 2016: News from the Frontinus Society

News from the German Frontinus society:
  • The proceedings of the Frontinus symposium in 2014 in Antalya (Turkey) with as title: "De Aquaeductu atque Aqua Urbium Lyciae Pamphyliae Pisidiae, the Legacy of Sextus Julius Frontinus" has been published and can be ordered by the Frontinus Socieity
  • During the festive symposium because of the 40th anniversary of the Frontinus Gesellschaf in May 2016 in Trier, dipl.-ing. Gilbert Wiplinger received the annual Frontinus medal and prof. dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Merkel was appointed honorary member of the society
  • A study trip was announced to Xanten Archaeological park en museum on October 11 and 12, 2016.

(German) source

July 2016: Results of sinter analysis of the Patara aqueduct (Open Access article)

Carbonate deposits in the aqueduct of Patara (Turley) represent a high-resolution record of palaeotemperature and precipitation for SW Turkey covering the complete reign of the Emperor Nero. The period shows a cooling and drying trend after an initial warm and more humid period, interrupted by a few anomalous years. These 2 cm of calcite highlight the significance of carbonate deposits in ancient water supply systems as a high-resolution archive for palaeoclimate, palaeoseismology and archaeology.
Including a translation of the well-known inscription of the siphon. For the Patara aqueduct, see this website.


June 2016: Hiking and Cycle tours along Roman aqueducts (28/8 and 11/9/2016)

Hiking and cycling along a Roman aqueduct is fun. On August 28 there is a tour along the aqueduct of Augst (Sw) to the local Roman Festival. The railway station in Lausen is the starting place at 7.50h (!).
The 60 km long cycling tour is a fortnight later on September 11 along the aqueduct of Köln (Cologne, Germany).
For details about the aqueducts, see this website.

Hiking towards Augst (Sw)
Cycling to Köln (Germany)

May 2016: Roman plumbing wrote a record of Mount Vesuvius' eruption (article)

Studying sediments from the harbor of Naples, Italy, scientists found a sudden shift in sediment lead around 79 C.E., coinciding with the famous eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius. Volcanic ash could have clogged the pipes, or ground motion could have damaged them, forcing the Romans to replace them with lead from a different source, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (published ahead of print May 16, 2016, doi:10.1073/pnas.1600893113).


May 2016: Cracks in one of the bridge piers of the ancient aqueduct of Sexi / Almunecar (Spain)

At Almunecar, ancient Sexi in southern Spain, at least one section of aqueduct bridge A3 (see the description on our website), is showing cracks. It appears that one of the main support columns has an 'alarming' crack through it, affecting the stone work and mortar. The aqueduct was built in the 1st century CE.


April 2016: How to date sinter by 230 Th/U-method (scientific article)

Carbonate deposits in aqueducts, known as calcareous sinter, can reach a considerable thickness and are commonly annually laminated. Environmental and palaeoclimate proxies measured in calcareous sinter samples, such as stable oxygen and carbon isotopes and trace elements, can provide important highresolution information on hydrological conditions, temperature, and local precipitation in the catchment area of an aqueduct. In order to utilize the proxy data for palaeoclimate reconstruction, the sinter deposits must be dated by annual laminae counting and more precisely by 230Th/U-dating. Here a systematic approach is presented to date sinter deposits from various locations in western and eastern Europe using the 230Th/U-method.


April 2016: The aqueduct of Tyre (Lebanon) (article)

The Roman aqueduct of Tyre is represented in numerous travelers' accounts as well as in plans and illustrations. Many of its sections are well preserved, and the half that extends from Ras el-'Ain reservoirs to the Tell Maashouk region is still - remarkably - functioning. The other half, extending from Tell Maashouk to El-Bass, is only partially preserved and has been exposed to both natural and human encroachments.
This article details the history and use of this well-known monument, describes its architectural patterns, and discusses its technical aspects and the construction and repairs that have taken place over the years.


April 2016: A new trekking path SE of Perugia (Italy)

The recent restoration of the Roman aqueduct between Collepino and Spello (middle Italy, Perugia area) has made available a new pathway of almost 5 km, suitable for trekking and mountain biking. It starts from below the village of Collepino and it reaches the center of the city of Infiorate di Spello.


March 2016: Cologne aqueduct on ZDF-television (Germany)

In the German ZDF-series Terra X three programmes on Romans along the river Rhine ("Rom am Rhein"). Some attention will be paid to the aqueduct of Cologne (Köln) and its sinter, presented by dr. Klaus Grewe, see the ZDF-website, also for additional information (!)
To be broadcasted on March 20th and 27th, and April 3rd, at 19.30h local time.

source: ZDF

March 2016: Mapping the subterranean aqueduct of Tarentum (Italy) (article)

This paper presents an integrated analysis using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) studies to map the Triglio aqueduct that in Roman times supplied fresh water to the ancient town of Tarentum, modern Taranto, Apulia region, Italy.


March 2016: Chr. Ohlig's new publication on water in Pompeii (booklet)

Recently dr. Chr. Ohlig issued a new publication (in German) on water in Pompeii: "Wasser im antiken Pompeji" with 64 pages and even more illustrations. The price is € 10,- plus shipping costs, to be ordered by Dr. Chr. Ohlig, Parkstrasse 32, 46487 Wesel, tel.: 049 2803 1080, fax: 049 2803 802215, e-mail: christoph.ohlig at oder mail at

source: Rundbriefe 2016-3

March, 2016: Bethlehem Museum celebrates its first anniversary

On the March 5th, 2016, Bethlehem Museum celebrated its first year anniversary, as well as the grand opening of the Museum's Al-Karmeh restaurant and Al-Khan gift shop. Citizens, delegates, and government officials from the Bethlehem community and the surrounding area joined in the ceremony to commemorate the momentous occasion. Bethlehem community members enjoy opening remarks at Bethlehem Museum's first year anniversary.

The museum is opposite the Salomon Pools, in the southern area of Bethelehem, and pays also attention to the Roman aqueducts nearby.


February, 2016: Works of destruction to the Roman aqueduct of Osuna (Spain)

Officials of the Nature Protection Service (Seprona) of the Guardia Civil of Morón de la Frontera (Seville, Spain) investigate a farmer of Osuna for an alleged crime against the historical heritage by expelling deposits of the first century BC. The investigation began after the Guardia Civil was informed by the archaeologist of the City of Osuna that the archaeological site near the Blanco river, in the place Cortijo de Girón, consisting of an aqueduct of Roman times, had been totally looted. The entire structure having been destroyed since the clay bricks that made it had been removed. These remains were unique in Andalusia and the construction was an engineering work of which there is no other documented in this area. Bricks of the ancient aqueduct would have been used to construct a new shed.

source (in Spanish)

February, 2016: DWhG Series nr 25: New contributions to ancient water technologies (book)

This new volume, issued by the Deutsch Wasser historisch Gesellschaft (DWhG), comprises new articles (all in German) on ancient water technologies from renown scholars like prof. dr. H. Fahlbusch and prof. dr. M. Döring (Greek and Roman water science and technology), dr. C. Öhlig (water in ancient Pompeii), prof. dr. W. Eck (politics, power and organisation of the water supply), and 7 other authors.

source: Rundbriefe 2016-2

February 2016: Roman-era canal system unearthed near Dead Sea (excavation)

An ancient canal system used 2.000 years ago to irrigate terraced agricultural plots has been unearthed in an excavation near the Roman-era fortress of Metzad Bokek in southern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) jointly conducted the excavation. The system used gravity to carry water from the Ein Bokek spring to the terraces. The longest of the canals measures almost 2 km (1,2 miles). Noah Michael, the archaeologist directing the dig for the IAA, said that "the canal system, which connected irrigation pools and linked to an aqueduct that conducted water from the spring, was plastered and apparently covered".


January 2016: New research on the sources of the Aqua Traiana (article)

This article, written by Ruban Taylor, Giovanni Isidori and others, aims to bring readers up to date on investigative fieldwork at the sources of the Aqua Traiana, the aqueduct introduced to Rome by the emperor Trajan in 109 AD. Field reconnaissance to recover and document the aqueduct's headwaters began after the discovery in 2009 by two of the present authors, Edward and Michael O'Neill, of a monumentalized source of the aqueduct at a site called Santa Fiora.


January 2016: Probably Roman aqueduct found near Ein Hatzeva (Negev; Israel)

An aqueduct which transported water into agricultural land was excavated at the biblical Tamar site near Ein Hatzeva, a cooperative village in the central Arava valley(Negev; Israel). According to legend Tamar, which is mentioned as part of the southern border of Israel, was built by King Solomon.


January 2016: DWhG announces study trip to the Bay of Naples (study trip, early June 2016)

The German Deutsche Wasser Historisch Gesellschaft (DWhG) announces a studytrip to the Phlegreic (burning) Fields in the Naples area (Italy), from May 30 - June 7 2016. Prof. dr. M. Doering will be the guide to Pozzuoli, Cuma, Baia, Misenum, Caserta, Paestum and Amalfi.

source: Rundbriefe 2016-2

December 2015: US Embassy supports the restoration of the Gadara aqueduct (Jordan)

The US embassy announced that a US$160,000 grant has been awarded to the faculty of archaeology and anthropology of Yarmouk University for the conservation and rehabilitation of the Roman Aqueduct of Gadara in Umm Qais (NW Jordan) according to the Jordan Times-on-line.


December 2015: 40 years Frontinus Gesellschaft seminar in Trier (seminar, May 2016)

In 2016 the Frontinus Gesellschaft will have its 40th birthday. On this occation the FG organises an international symposium in Trier (Germany) from May 25 - 29, 2016. The first days a small series of lectures will be held, but also the interesting locations will be visited, like Trier, Pollich (Germany), Walferdange (Luxemburg) and Metz (France).


November 2015: Roman toilets gave no clear health benefit (article)

New archaeological research by Piers D. Mitchell (Cambridge) has revealed that - for all the apparently hygienic innovations on the Roman, like baths, toilets, sewers and aqueducts - parasites such as whipworm, roundworm and Entamoeba histolytica dysentery did not decrease as expected in Roman times compared with the preceding Iron Age. They gradually increased!


November 2015: Special exhibition in APX Xanten (Germ) (10/12/2015 - 5/6/2016)

The Archaeological Park Xanten (APX) and its museum in Xanten (Germany, close to the Dutch border) organise a nice exhibition on Water for the Roman towns (Wasser für Roms Städte), open from December 10, 2015 - June 5, 2016. Tickets 9 euro per person.
On occasion of the exhibition prof. Klaus Grewe wrote a book "Aquädukte - Wasser für Roms Städte" (see museumshop and Amazon). There are also some additional activities (a conducted tour, a lecture, three excursions), see second link. All in German

APX (in German)
Activities (in German)

October 2015: Topoi workshop Water management in ancient civilizations (Febr 11-12, 2016)

Topoi combines Berlin's strengths in ancient studies research and is supported by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. On Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February Topoi organizes in Berlin the second (?) workshop on water management in ancient civilizations. Key-note spreaker is prof. dr. J.P. Oleson, University of Victoria, Canada.


September 2015: 4th WWAC symposium in Coimbra (Port) (Sept 17 - 19, 2016)

The symposium is dedicated to themes relevant to ancient, traditional and cultural technologies of water and wastewater globally, since the prehistoric era. This unique event aims to promote interactions, to motivate discussions and to encourage collaborations among the global community on water, wastewater and stormwater management in ancient times. Information about ancient technologies of water and sanitation in various civilizations, which enhance durable engineering practices and water management, are crucial to develop present and future technologies.


June 2015: Travertine reveals ancient water supply at the Anio Novus aqueduct (Rome)

Although popular with modern scholars, ancient flow rate measurements in Rome's aqueducts are unreliable since they only recorded flow section, not velocity. Use of limestone deposits - called travertine or sinter - as a record of wetted perimeter, enabled the first estimation of actual flows in Rome's Anio Novus aqueduct. Final flows reaching Rome, in the presence of thick travertine deposits, were significantly smaller, at 1.4 ± 0.4 m3/s (120,960 ± 34,560 m3/day), than previous maximum and minimum estimates. Lack of maintenance and/or changes in water use may have contributed to this difference. Even minimal travertine reduced the maximum flow rate by ~25%.
  • Source
  • The recent article in the Journal of Archaeological Science, Reports, vol 3 Sept 2015, available at Researchgate

May 2015: Ancient aqueduct unearthed in Jerusalem (Israel)

Ancient aqueduct unearthed in Jerusalem, part of the Low Level aqueduct. For this part of the (Low Level) aqueduct of Jerusalem see our own website.
our site (left column: Jerusalem)

April 2015: Archaeologists discover a Roman aqueduct of the ancient Odessos fortress (Bulgaria)

Bulgarian Archaeologists discover an part of a Roman aqueduct and waterstorage tanks of ancient Odessos fortress.


January 2015: The aqueduct of Cavtat (book)

Officially published in 2014 the results of a multi-year research project of Liljana Kovacic - head of the Archaeological Museum in Dubrovnic - on the Roman aqueduct of Cavtat / EPIDAURUM: 'Anticki Vodovod / Roman aqueduct: Vodovada - Cavtat' including a detailed description of the scarce remains and a hypothesis about the siphon near Epdidaurum.
The book accompanied the exhibition in the Dubrovnic Archaeological Museum early 2013.


August 2014: US supports the restoration of the Roman 'nymphaeum' in 'Amman (Jordan)

The Hamdi Mango Centre for Scientific Research (HMCSR) will benefit from a US$200,000 grant for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Roman 'nymphaeum' in downtown 'Amman, according to the Jordan Times -on-line. Note that this nymphaeum, close to the famous Roman theater, is a special nymphaeum because there are no signs that there was any water supply available on the spot, which is - in general - a prerequisite for this type of construction.



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