Hydraulic Evaluation of the Design and Operation of Ancient Rome's Anio Novus Aqueduct

D. Motta, D. Keenan-Jones, Marcelo Horacio Garcia, Bruce W Fouke

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Abstract

This paper evaluates conveyance and flow characteristics for the Anio Novus, the aqueduct bringing water from the greatest distance to ancient Rome. Travertine accumulations, deposited from water on floor and walls, were used to reconstruct the flow rate and associated spatial and temporal variations. Hydraulic quantities (e.g., flow depth and velocity) markedly varied over the course of the aqueduct, implying that constraints such as topography and construction techniques were combined with hydraulic considerations to determine the aqueduct layout. Design practices differed along the aqueduct and channel size design was not based exclusively on anticipated carrying capacity, tending towards larger-than-necessary design based on experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1150-1174
Number of pages25
JournalArchaeometry
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • aqueduct
  • conveyance
  • hydraulic simulation
  • imperial Rome
  • travertine
  • water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Archaeology

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