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Title: The Entrance Channel of the Castellum Divisorium at Nîmes
Author(s): KESSENER, Paul
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 70    Date: 1995   
Pages: 179-191
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.70.0.2002288

Abstract :
Roman aqueduct channels often ended in a castellum divisorium, a relatively small tank located at the edge of the city that served as the start of the urban water distribution system. The castellum divisorium at Nîmes and the one at Pompei are some of the best-known examples. The entrance channel of the aqueduct of Nîmes into its castellum divisorium shows several artifacts which suggest that it was equiped with a kind of (double) sluicegate. Several interpretations exist, but “the reason for this complicated arrangement remains obscure” (RA, 287). In this article an explanation is proposed taking into account the shape of the incrustations inside the entrance channel.

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