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Romans in Pompeii Repaired the Roads with Molten Iron

May 17, 2019 - General
The passage of carts over decades could cause ruts (like the one shown), particularly in high-traffic areas of Pompeii.

The buried city of Pompeii continues to provide many insights into Roman society, economy, and culture. The ash and pumice, that fell on Pompeii from Mount Vesuvius, froze the city in time. A recent study of its road system, however, has provided another fascinating insight. It appears that the resourceful Romans repaired roads with molten ore in the 1st century AD.

A study of the roads that traverse the archaeological site was carried out by Eric Poehler of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, independent researcher Juliana van Roggen, and Benjamin Crowther of the University of Texas at Austin according to Archaeology. Org. They found that the narrow streets which are paved with stones became rutted and pot-holed over time. It seems that heavy carts and wagons cut deep ruts in the roads, over a number of years.


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