A 100-foot stretch of pipe, which once fed the Roman fort at Vindolanda, was
unearthed recently and discovered to be still working.
Archaeologists working near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England were perplexed
to have to pump out their trenches each day only to have them refill. The
problem was discovered to be a section of 2,000-year-old Roman water main
which originally brought water to the fort of Vindolanda from nearby springs.
The water main was constructed of hollowed-out lengths of alder held together
with oak pegs.
A spokesman for the Vindolanda site said: "The fact that they were still
working is quite incredible, but it was also a nuisance because they flooded
the excavation trenches which had to be pumped out every day."
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