Ancient aqueducts reveal environmental past
Natural archives are crucial for understanding past environmental alterations and predicting future changes and their effects. Yet these archives are not connected with evidence for human settlement, which prevents research on the impacts of extreme natural events on urbanisation, society and economy. New archives near ancient urban centres in the Mediterranean threatened by drought and desertification will enrich our knowledge of past environmental changes and their effect on local society and economy. The EU-funded AQUEA project will focus on the Roman period, pioneering the use of calcium carbonate deposits from Roman aqueducts as a new high-resolution archive that delivers environmental and archaeological data for the area. This geoarchaeological study will focus on three aqueduct sites in southern France to investigate palaeoenvironmental changes in local water management, urbanisation and economy through infrastructure, texts, and archaeological databases.
Fields of science
- natural scienceschemical sciencesinorganic chemistryinorganic compounds
- natural scienceschemical sciencesinorganic chemistryalkaline earth metals
- humanitieshistory and archaeologyarchaeology
- natural sciencesearth and related environmental sciencesgeologygeomorphologyspeleology
- engineering and technologyenvironmental engineeringnatural resources managementwater management