|Wheel indent in Pompeii street|
STREETS - The streets throughout the entire city were all hand laid stone. Not only that, but they were engineered with gutters along each side of the street, to carry waste water and run-off from rains, to a lower location outside of the city. It was ingenious! To think, that that was part of a society built before 100 B.C. is amazing. What's sad is that was lost and forgotten for 1500 years until after the middle ages.
|Pompeii indoor toilet|
So, it's an indoor toilet, but not indoor plumbing.
STEPPING AROUND WASTE WATER - The Pompeii people were so ingenious they thought of everything. To avoid stepping in waste water that would run down the streets, the installed 3 stones in the street from one side to the other, so people could step on to cross. Animals and wheeled carts were simply maneuvered around them.
|A main street with gutters|
WHEEL MARKINGS - As we walked through the city we also noticed there were streets where the rock was worn down. We learned that merchants would use carts with wheels to bring their goods to market, and continual traffic wore grooves in the stone where the wheels traveled.
NEXT: THE BROTHEL AND PENIS DIRECTIONS (yes, really)