Rome Transformed colloquia and workshops are an essential part of the project's life and respond to different needs at different times of the project.

Assessing Roman large-scale hydraulic systems. Data integration for large-area research

6 May 2022

Online on Zoom

This colloquium aims to explore new methodological approaches to the study of Roman hydrological systems.  How can we study these systems most effectively across urban and extra-urban areas?  How may we situate the different structural elements that facilitated water supply in their wider social, architectural and landscape contexts?

Often discussed in isolation, large water structures such as Roman bath complexes and nymphaea or individual water features, such as toilets and fountains, operated as part of and in relation to a system of infrastructures that worked at a district, urban or even regional scale, such as aqueducts, sewers, roads, and local distribution systems. An added challenge to analysis is understanding temporal change.  How might adjustments in the design and function of different elements over time impact on the operation and character of larger hydrological systems? Making sense of such complex networks of actions and interactions requires an interdisciplinary approach and the development of a robust data integration methodology.

This day-long remote session colloquium aims to offer a space for debate on large-scale ancient hydraulic systems and data integration engaging scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, architecture, civil and environmental engineering, geology, geography, urban planning and urban infrastructure.

The event is organised by the Rome Transformed Project team and team members look forward to sharing methodological insights from that project, while learning more about innovative approaches applied elsewhere. Rome Transformed is an ERC-funded Project focusing on the Eastern Caelian in Rome, an area of 69 hectares in size, and brings together data derived from the recording and reassessment of all the surviving ancient and early medieval structures, alongside hydraulic analysis, archival research, geophysical survey, and borehole data analysis.

Deadline for abstract submission

31 January 2022

Prospective speakers are requested to send a 500-word summary to


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