2,000-Year-Old Water Main Still Working

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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