Hydraulic engineering analysis of Roman water infrastructure: a review of practice and possibilities

Crapper, Martin, Motta, Davide, Keenan-jones, Duncan and Monteleone, Maria (2021) Hydraulic engineering analysis of Roman water infrastructure: a review of practice and possibilities. Water History. ISSN 1877-7236 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12685-021-00285-5


A short review is presented covering English-language publications where quantitative engineering analysis has been used to study and gain insight into how ancient Roman and Mediterranean water systems functioned. The review covers work on using technical engineering perspectives to try and understand the geometrical layout of water systems, quantitative work of a type readily accomplished by undergraduate civil engineering students, such as calculating the flow capacity of aqueducts and other conduits of known dimensions, and more involved studies using computational techniques usually applied by specialist engineers in research or industry. It is concluded that the many different levels of analyses employed have given insight into how Roman water systems worked, for example the amount of water they delivered, and the kinds of issues their designers and operators might have faced. It is hoped that this review will inspire further interdisciplinary study in Archaeohydrology, using modern engineering techniques to amplify and extend the story of Roman water systems told by archaeologists.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roman, water, infrastructure, aqueduct, pipe, engineering, quantitatative, Archaeohydrology
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 07:47
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 09:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47168

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