The Byzantine Water Supply of Constantinople

Posted: July 18th, 2017
When:
September 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2017-09-12T18:00:00+01:00
2017-09-12T20:00:00+01:00
Where:
NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
Blandford St
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3PZ
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Secretary

A lecture by Professor Martin Crapper. Constantinople, now Istanbul, was the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires for over 1000 years. Its water system was one of the most extraordinary achievements of ancient times. Starting with the archaeological record, and working with colleagues in the UK and Turkey, we are applying the latest water network modelling techniques to explore how the water system in the city may have looked and how it might have been managed. What purposes was served by the large covered cisterns? How were they connected to the aqueducts? Why were several vast open-air reservoirs constructed? These are some of the questions we are addressing. We are also looking at the construction of the system to examine, for example, how the requisite skills and materials might have been procured and deployed.

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