Thursday, January 19, 2017

Italy Blog #83: Pompeii Part 4: Interesting Streets and Waste Disposal

Wheel indent in Pompeii street
In this blog about Pompeii, Italy we're going to make you look down at the streets, because they were pretty amazing and ingenious. We'll also explain how they had indoor toilets and waste water disposal.

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
RIDDING WASTE WATER - "Roman hydraulic engineering and city design being what it was, Pompeii was well supplied with constant flows of spring water from the inland mountains.It seems that most streets were constantly flushed with water overflowing from fountains, and so waste (as in the case of that brothel chamber pot) could be disposed of by dumping it into the continuously flushed gutter,"According to: It's a pretty basic one-hole frame design. A chamber pot would be placed below the hole, and then taken out and emptied into the sewer immediately outside.
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.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next