Ancient hydraulic works

Plotinopoli well

Use: Urban Water Supply
Construction era: Roman
Types: Well
Operation era: Roman
Location: Greece - Thrace
  • I.S. Fotiadou, K.M Keramitsoglou and K.P. Tsagarakis: PLOTINOPOLIS: A Unique Complex of Well and Chamber, IWA Specialized Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies in Ancient Civilizations, Turkey 2012

A Roman well of the 2th century A.D., unique in Greece and one orthogonal arched chamber that probably consists part of the aqueduct of the roman times was brought to light during the excavations at Platinopolis of Didimotiho. It was discovered the monumental entrance of the chamber that leads to a roman well of a diameter of 2,2 m. The purpose was to discover the entrance that was related to a large roman hydraulic group that serviced the easier pumping of water. The chamber is 4 m long, 2,15 m wide and 3,50 m high. On the upper part of the entrance an arched opening was found while on the east and south two walls with steps among them led to the chamber. In the well the excavation reached 12,70 m without having found its bottom yet.

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