(ORDO NEWS) — Employees of the archaeological site of Stabiae in southern Italy have discovered fragments of an ancient water supply system.
The find was made in the small peristyle of the ancient Roman villa of Ariadne, built in the 2nd century BC. e. The most valuable for scientists is a well-preserved lead water tank.
It is decorated with ornaments and is located in the same place where it was originally installed, which will allow specialists to better understand how water pipes functioned in ancient Italy.
“Such a water tank with taps is one of the designs similar to modern ones and causing amazement since the first finds in Stabiae, Pompeii and Oplontis,” said Gabriel Zuchtrigel, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park.
Stabiae is one of the ancient Roman cities affected by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in 79 BC. e. Archaeological excavations have been carried out there since the middle of the 18th century.
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