Liputan6.com, Pompeii – A team of archaeologists revealed that ancient Rome workers, in ancient times, used molten iron to repair roads in Pompeii before the Vesuvius eruption – in 79 AD.
"This discovery reveals a method to restore the previously unknown path at the time and shows" the first large-scale application of liquid iron by the Romans, "the researchers wrote in the magazine American Journal of Archeology, quoted from Live Science on Friday (17-05-2019).
This joint scientist consists of Eric Poehler, a professor of classical history at the University of Amherst; Juliana van Roggen, an independent researcher; and Benjamin Crowther, a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin.
According to them, when Vesuvius erupted, it covered the entire city of Pompeii with ash and lava. Although many residents were killed, eruptions also protected the city on time.
Many streets in Pompeii were built with pavement or petrified. But during a study conducted in July 2014, archaeologists discovered that over time carts, horse-drawn carriages or carts that crossed over eroded rocks and formed deep or used wheels.
Finally, residents were forced to renew the main roads. however paving or reforestation of the course is an expensive and time-consuming process, according to historical data and archaeological remains.
"One option to make improvements, paving"It is a difficult and costly effort that may have blocked important routes in the city for months," the researchers said in their paper.
Such polemics caused problems for the people of Pompeii, because some streets in the city could be eroded quickly.