That rascally fig tree

March 4, 2010

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We have one serious enemy in our attempt to preserve the spring chamber and spring gallery of the Aqua Traiana. More stubborn than the nuttiest old archaeologist, more rapacious than the Emperor Trajan himself, is a certain damned fig tree, sitting adjacent to the ‘church’ chamber itself, from where it sends its roots down into […]

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Going to meet the owners

March 2, 2010

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It’s Tuesday 2nd March, about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and I’ve got my first appointment to meet the owners of the Aqueduct Spring source that we announced in January.   I’m kind of scared and on-edge, and I’ve asked a representative of the local archaeological society to come with me. The Aqueduct Source is hidden ‘under’ […]

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The Old Spiral Staircase

March 2, 2010

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The old Spriral Staircase curls down for twenty-five metres into the eery space beneath the city of Rome, where archaeology and ancient tunnels have laid undisturbed since a forgotten time. Peering down from the top as we prepared to film the aqueduct, we saw the shimmer of the purest water rippling yellow-gold lights right in […]

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Filming the Aqua Virgo

February 25, 2010

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Cold, wet, in the pitch black, twenty-five metres under the city of Rome, we pushed forwards against the water of Marcus Vespanius Agrippa’s Aqueduct, which has flowed continuously since 19BC, and I prayed that our new high-definition camera wasn’t going to drop into the water and flow all the way back to the Trevi fountain. […]

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The Aqueduct Hunter Diary

February 24, 2010

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Mike & Ted O'Neill

My name is Ted O’Neill, I come from Finchampstead in the U.K. and I am blogging from Rome, where my company is researching and filming the remains of the ancient Roman Aqueducts. Ancient Rome was not only a Military Powerhouse, but also, in many ways an unsurpassed civilisation and healthy population centre, all powered by […]

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