Urban Planning and Access to Water in Pompeii

Author(s): Jessica Bernstetter; Kate Trusler; Amie Green

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The process of urbanization and urban planning plays an important role in understanding how people utilize their space to access resources. Pompeii’s water system includes a combination of household water collection features, primarily cisterns. However, an aqueduct system was installed in the first century AD providing new access to water leading to a variety of water utilization strategies, including piped water for public and private use, long-term water storage, and even elaborate water displays amongst the wealthier citizens. Several houses were analyzed using GIS Distance Analysis to determine cost-effective pathways for lead pipes connecting the aqueduct and water tower systems to individual houses. In addition, this study also looked at how water was collected and accessed within properties by analyzing the spatial relationship between household water features and important domestic spaces.

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Urban Planning and Access to Water in Pompeii. Jessica Bernstetter, Kate Trusler, Amie Green. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449849)

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min long: -10.151; min lat: 29.459 ; max long: 42.847; max lat: 47.99 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 26260