Mt Vesuvius’ Eruption As Seen by Lead Pipes

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. "Vesuvius." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-36dd-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. "Vesuvius." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-36dd-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. “Vesuvius.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-36dd-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Roman plumbing wrote a record of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption, by Patrick Monahan:

The lead pipes of the Roman Empire distributed water from kilometers-long aqueducts (like the one above) all throughout their cities. And they did something else remarkable, too, according to a new study: They created a historical record of the cities they served.

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