Thursday, August 09, 2012

Vindolanda Fort fresh water piping system discovered

An archaeologist in Northumberland has uncovered more of a Roman water system first found by his grandfather.
Dr Andrew Birley and a team of volunteers have been excavating land surrounding Vindolanda fort just south of Hadrian's Wall.
The project to discover and record the pipework at the fort near Hexham was started 82 years ago.

The team has identified the spring-head and piping system used thousands of years ago.
During an excavation in 1930, led by Prof Eric Birley, an area of the Vindolanda site became flooded and not suitable for further investigation.

Spring water
Six months passed and as the water was not drying up the site was covered up and the results documented.
It was only with the use of modern pumps that Prof Birley's work has finally been completed and the full extent of the Roman water distribution system uncovered.
Dr Birley, who preserved his grandfather's original site notes, said: "We have found the main water tank and spring-head, and thousands of gallons a day are still bubbling through from the surrounding land and fields.

"They weren't a great distance down, probably about six feet, and there is a small stream coming out of it.