School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Major Leverhulme Award for Archaeology

The Leverhulme Research Trust have awarded Prof Jim Crow a major research grant to investigate the Water Supply of Byzantine Constantinople.


In collaboration with Engineers Dr Martin Crapper and Dr Simon Smith of the School of Engineering the project 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.

The new research project will build on two decade’s 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.