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An examination of clean water and sewage disposal in Roman cities. How did the Romans find solutions to disease-causing problems such as sewage and dirty water? We see how fresh water was piped to public fountains through lead pipes. Standing by the remains of a Roman villa, the presenter explains that although these innovations were brought to Britain, the way the general population lived was unaffected during and after the Roman occupation.
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6 November 2007

Classroom Ideas

This would be useful as a stimulus for discussion on how advanced the Romans were in their consideration of public health, as compared with present day and other time periods. Can also be used as an opening to an investigation on Roman innovation and technology. This could also be used to demonstrate how archaeological evidence from one site (say, Pompeii) is used to build up a picture of how people lived in Britain.

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