By Drain Doctor on 27/05/2016

According to recent research the sediments on the seabed in the Bay of Naples hold the key to the history of Roman plumbing in the region around Pompeii.

Water was brought to the city from its source along miles of aqueduct before being distributed around towns and cities by lead piping. The water flowing through the piping and into the harbours carried traces of lead which were deposited on the seabed. The make-up of the lead traces varies depending on where the lead was mined.

Researchers can now take core samples of the sediment in the bay and use them to see how the lead sources changed and therefore when the Romans changed their plumbing, especially after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius when pipes and aqueducts were likely to have been clogged and damaged by volcanic ash and debris.

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