Baths of Carcalla: Ancient oven heating water in baths 1,800 years ago open to public for first time

Mail Online | 5/19/2020 | Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline
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In the modern world, most of us wouldn't give a second thought to the source of the hot water running through our taps.

And neither did the 5,000 Romans using the Baths of Caracalla everyday more than 1,800 years ago - but if they had, the steamy secret was being kept right under their feet.

Hundreds - Slaves - Night - Burnt - Tonnes

Hundreds of slaves working through the night burnt tonnes of wood in 50 brick ovens to ensure the water was hot 24 hours a day, reports the Times.

Now one of these ancient ovens that helped supply 15 gallons (70 litres) of water a second through tunnels underground is going on display for the first time.

Director - Marina - Piranomonte - Times - 'This

Director Marina Piranomonte told the Times: 'This is the technological heart of the baths. Everyone should see it — not just academics with torches.'

The Terme di Caracalla was built in 216AD while Emperor Caracalla ruled, and remained in use cleaning 5,000...
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