Ross School - Senior Project 2006-07
Mentor: Matt Aldredge
Consultant: Andrew Smith
Domain: Cultural History
Title: Roman Baths and Water Technology
This summer I worked on an archeological dig site of a Roman bath in Italy and was enamored with roman architecture. I was amazed at what the Romans could do with water in the ancient times. I decided to structure my senior project around the idea of roman water technology. My product is going to be a research paper highlighting the technical aspect of water technology in ancient Rome, the social repercussions of bath centered society, separate case studies of famous baths, and finally a recounting of my experience on an archeological dig of a roman bath. My research paper will be accompanied by pictures of the great roman baths and my personal experiences with Roman baths.
I created a 26 page research paper on the subject of roman baths and water technology.
For my senior project I studied roman baths, worked on an archeological dig of a bath site, and wrote a research paper that described my findings. I did all of these different things because I was and still am intrigued with the Roman’s culture, technology, and place in history. I knew that I wanted to study Rome in some way ever since the beginning of the project. When I went to Italy and looked at the ancient Roman sites I truly appreciated what the Romans were able to do in the scope of their seemingly remote time period. While I was in Italy I did more than visit Roman sites. I participated on the excavation of a Roman baths site near a small town in Umbria called San Gemini. This experience shaped my thoughts on the Romans, the process of uncovering history, and my product itself. Because of my time in Italy I decided to add a section describing the archeological dig and a section describing different types of baths.
School started and I began to research and take notes on all of the books I had gathered together from my house, Dowling library, and Ross library. I began to write my research paper which I have divided into five different sections. The five different topics that I covered in my research paper were the development of the baths, the technological aspect of the baths, case studies of several different baths, my time working in a baths site, and the social aspect of the baths. The writing process was not as difficult as I had first imagined that it would be because I broke the paper down into different sections and worked on them separately. Overall this project has defiantly been a learning experience in both technical knowledge of roman baths but also in knowing how history is uncovered.
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Blair, Ian and Jenny Hall. Working Water: Roman Technology in Action. London:
Museum of London, 2003.
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Sestieri, Anna and Maria Bietti. The Baths of Diocletian. Milan: Electa, 2005.
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma. The Baths of Caracalla. Milan: Electa, 2006.
“Terme” Inforoma. 2 Nov. 2006. Viewed 24 Nov. 2006. <http://www.inforoma.it/
Whitehead, Jane. New Excavations at Roman Carsulae 2005: The Baths. Excavation Report, 2005.
Whitehead, Jane. Preliminary Report of the Excavation of the Baths at Carsulae 2006.
Community Member (Details)
My community member is a college professor named Andrew Smith. He teaches classics and history.