Storm uncovers ancient Roman aqueduct

A strong storm that hit Spanish coast near Cadiz in March unearthed remains of an ancient Roman aqueduct at Cortadura beach. The structure dates back to 1st century AD.

Ruins of the aqueduct (by CEN & ADIP)

Cadiz’s Roman aqueduct was one of the most important feats of engineering undertaken in Hispania and is said to be the fifth-largest construction of its kind in the Roman Empire. It stretched around 80 kilometres inland to the freshwater springs of Tempul. The storm uncovered seven parts of a waterway as well as two walls around 80-centimetres thick and two meters high. According to the authorities, two of these fragments are still joined together with the original mortar, which is a rare occurrence. The storm is said to have also revealed remains of road dating back to the 16th-17th century which was destroyed by a tsunami in 1755.

Remains of Roman structures at the beach (by CEN & ADIP)

(after Russia Times, The Telegraph, CEN & ADIP)

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