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Reconsidering the water system of Roman Barcino (Barcelona) from supply to discharge

Orengo, Hèctor A.; Miró i Alaix, Carme

Authors

Hèctor A. Orengo Hector.Orengo@nottingham.ac.uk

Carme Miró i Alaix cmiro@bcn.cat



Abstract

This paper presents the results of the ‘Roman Barcino Water Network’ Project. This study employed a series of methodologies aiming at joining and interpreting all data available on water supply, distribution, management, use and discharge in the Romancolony of Barcino (modern Barcelona). Analyses of the results substantially modified previous knowledge of Barcino’s water organization and provided one of the few examples in which the whole water system of a Roman city has been tackled. We concluded that the water supply employed a single aqueduct, which divided before entering the city and not two of them as it was previously assumed. Barcino’s water distribution system was
designed according to the different uses of water and was conditioned by the city’s particular topography. The results also stress the colony’s ample water availability, which despite its small size, allowed the maintenance of multiple public and private baths as befitted an accommodated population of merchants and administrators.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2013
Journal Water History
Print ISSN 1877-7236
Electronic ISSN 1877-7236
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Orengo, H. A., & MirĂ³ i Alaix, C. (2013). Reconsidering the water system of Roman Barcino (Barcelona) from supply to discharge. Water History, 5(3), doi:10.1007/s12685-013-0090-2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12685-013-0090-2
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12685-013-0090-2
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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