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Roman Plumbing Unlocked Pompeii’s History

Scientists have already shown that Vesuvius’ eruption could stop the water supply to cities that are located across The Bay of Naples.

The advanced plumbing system that is used by Ancient Rome is often applauded because they are already made of lead pipes and aqueducts that are defying gravity. The plumbing system is responsible in distributing water all over the empire.

These days, two millennia from the creation of the plumbing system, the exceptional work is still being used in many ways. One good example is how scientists together with historians were able to have an idea on what happened after Mount Vesuvius erupt which results to the leveling of two cities – Herculaneum and Pompeii.

According to a study that was written in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or PNAS, there is evidence that the eruption was the cause of the disruption of the water being supplied to different cities located across The Bay of Naples.

A team of geochemists together with geoarchaeologists coming from different organizations – Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli, University of Lyon and University of Glasgow – took samples of the lead sediments that are taken from the old roman pipes that used to belong in the harbor of Naples and studied them.

A demonstration was done by the scientists and they were able to prove that a portion of the complex system that makes up the piping as well as aqueducts located in proximity to the volcano suffered damages during the eruption of Vesuvius. The famous eruption happened about AD 79 and it took the people fifteen years before they were replaced. If this happened, it proves that the eruption had a major impact in the regions that were being supplied with water.

According to the studied sample, the kind of lead that is composed within the sediment is different during 79 AD which also happens to be the same year as the volcanic eruption. It is their theory that volcanic ash barred the pipes or tremors within the earth could have been the cause of the damage. Consumers that are looking for reliable plumber contractor, check out Pro Jett Plumbing & Drainage.

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