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Butrint's aqueduct was constructed when the colony was founded by order of Augustus. This date is supported by the discovery of a coin of Augustus which depicts an arcade, though to represent the aqueduct. Repairs or modifications during the reign of Nero may be indicated on another coin. In fact traces of many repairs and rebuilds indicate that the aqueduct was maintained throughout the late Roman period.
The source of the aqueduct was probably at Xarra, about 4km away, although additional water may have been brought in on a branch from Cuka e Aitoit (8km away). Piers for the aqueduct are still visible on the Butrint plain, leading from Xarra towards Butrint. The remains of cisterns which would have provided water for buildings on the south side of the Vivari channel have also been found.

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  • Written Apr 18, 2006
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