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Did the Romans invent aqueducts?


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The Romans did not invent aqueducts. They already existed before them. However, the Romans made remarkable progress in aqueduct construction. Most of the course of aqueducts were underground pipes made of led which were encased in protective concrete. The Romans also made use of a system of syphons at different level along the steep incline of mountains which collected the water from conduits higher up and channelled it into conduits lower down. The also built bridgework to cross rivers and to keep an incline in flat areas. This incline was needed to keep the water flowing by gravity