The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy: New Research on Ancient Water Engineering Systems

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The Waterworks Museum welcomes classical archaeologist and author Dr. Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow to discuss her new book on the complex systems that ancient Romans engineered for managing public health and hygiene in their cities. Through the lens of the archaeological record, including artifacts, ancient graffiti, and literature of the day, Dr. Koloski-Ostrow will examine new research that reveals the secret history of these little-known, but essential, parts of Roman life. The lecture is open to the public with no admission charge, although donations to the Museum are welcome. Copies of The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy will be available for sale and signing by the author. The event is open to the public with no admission fee, although the Museum welcomes your donation. Meet in the Great Engines Hall for the presentation by Dr. Koloski-Ostrow. 

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum at 2450 Beacon Street in Boston, opposite the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic waterworks and buildings which supplied the City of Boston with public water. The Museum presents unique stories of this early metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health. The Waterworks sits on the site of the original reservoir and pumping station in a building dating to the late 1880’s. The Museum consists of the Great Engines Hall, housing three historic steam-powered pumping engines, and a two story glass-enclosed pavilion, featuring the Overlook Gallery. Connect with us on Facebook at Waterworks Museum (official) and on Twitter @MetroWaterworks.