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Temps de leau, sites et monuments entre Vidourle et Rhone, Guilhem Fabre, Martial Monteil, 2011

Temps de leau, sites et monuments entre Vidourle et Rhone, Guilhem Fabre, Martial Monteil, 2011
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This astonishing research report is published by the Ecole Antique de Nimes (Bulletin No 29) (ISSN0755916X), France.  I picked it up at the visitor centre of the Pont du Gard - a Roman bridge over the Gardon River, now a listed World Heritage Site and described as a 'technical and artistic masterpiece'.  This bridge is part of the Nimes aqueduct (50km long) that carried water from Uzesto to Nimes.  The report details the archaeological records of the underground canals, cisterns, wells and drainage features that litter this landscape of southern France. Much of these are hidden, but this report provides an indication of the importance of considering and controlling the movement and supply of water.   The report is beautifully illustrated with diagrams, sections, photos, measured drawings, plans and maps, so that if, like me, your French is not really up to fully understanding all the text, you can still wonder at the water-based engineering and sheer beauty of hydrological understanding that this book portrays.  

Pont du Gard World Heritage Site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/344


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