Archaeologists awarded major Leverhulme grant

Archaeologists and Civil Engineers have received a major Leverhulme award to investigate the water supply of Constantinople. (Published 26 November 2014)

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The Leverhulme Research Trust has recently awarded Professor Jim Crow, Head of Archaeology in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, a major research grant to investigate the water supply of Byzantine Constantinople.

New insights

The project, which is a collaboration with Engineers Dr Martin Crapper and Dr Simon Smith of the School of Engineering, aims to apply civil engineering and construction management techniques to investigate the construction processes and the operation of the water supply system.

This innovative research combines construction process modelling and contemporary network software to gain new insights to conceptualise the construction and distribution of the city’s hydraulic networks.

Building on existing research

The new research project will build on two decades of research by Professor Crow into the infrastructures of the Byzantine city and a recent Edinburgh PhD by Dr Riley Snyder on the construction techniques of the water supply system.

Two engineering doctoral students will research aspects of the operation of the water supply system inside and outside the city, Francesca Ruggeri and Kate Ward, and Dr Snyder will join as a Research Assistant from January 2015.