Roman sewers of Gades found in Cádiz

Roman sewers of Gades found in Cádiz

In a place in Cádiz where it is intended to build the future Thermas Romanas Balbus and a number of tourist apartments has appeared the hydraulic pipeline from the 1st century BC.

The hydraulic construction It has been discovered after an archaeological intervention was carried out on the building on Obispo José María Rancés street. At several meters deep is this gallery of dimensions 1.30 meters high and 0.80 meters wide, and although it is not the only hypothesis that is taken into account, almost all the information that indicates that it could be the Roman sewers of Gades.

Its discovery is due to the existence of a 17th century blind well located in the courtyard. From above, the existence of two vaulted entrances that lead to the gallery can be observed, separated due to the interruption for the construction of this later shaft.

After the progressive excavations, a covered section in the shape of a barrel vault was reached that is in a position oriented towards the Bishop's House, therefore, a 12-meter route was excavated in this direction. Another section has also been observed in the direction of Roman theatre but no excavations have been carried out in it yet, explains Germán Gabarino, partner of the El Pópulo Hotel Tourist Complex project.

The conduction system also has a channel in the base, leaving a space between it and the area through which the water circulates, as edges. One of the clues to its existence was that after the rains the water did not remain on the surface for too long.

Besides the sewers, amphorae have been documented, a structure of Punic Phoenician origin and even a Phoenician furnace associated with foundry tasks.

Although at the moment archaeological works are stopped awaiting the approval of the Provincial Delegation of Culture, this finding allows us to know more about the distribution and drainage system that the houses of Cádiz of the so-called had erogatio aquarum, has commented to Cádiz newspaper Gemma Jurado of the company Arqueologística S.L.

Before these last finds were made, column bases, vestiges of statues, moldings and marbles had already been found that adorned the buildings of the Roman Gades.

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