Osman Nuri Boyacı / Denizli, Aug 19 () – A tablet described as the “water law” dating 1,900 years back in history was unearthed at ancient site of Laodicea in Denizli.
The tablet, 90 centimeters in length and 116 cm in width, brings to light that use of water had been managed by law, which involved a penalty ranging from 5,000 to 12,500 denarius.
The “water law” tablet dating back to 114 A.D., includes the strict measures that had formed the conditions regarding use of water coming from Denizli in 10-km-distance to the ancient site, ruled on behalf of Roman Empiror Traianus, within the mandate prepared by Anatolian State Governor Aulus Vicirius Matrialis.
With respect to the mandate, strict penalties had ruled over people who caused water-pollution, inflicted damage on water ways and opened the sealed water pipes.
“Along with people breaking the rules, senior officials who had bestowed privilege to people to break the law had also been subject to penalty of about 12,500 denarius, thus 125,000 liras. Also the ones who mouthed on the offenders had been subject to a incentive” told Director of the excavation works Professor Celal Şimşek from Pamukkale University.
For the inspection of water, two senior public officers and three "reliable men" had been assigned to the responsibility by the ancient assembly, according to the findings.
The excavation works, led by Pamukkale University, supported by Denizli Municipality, continues in Stadium Street in the site, having unearthed Roman Era with various artefacts in recent works.
- General footage from ancient site of Laodicea
- Mayor and Director of excavations viewing the tablet
- Interview with Director of excavations Prof Celal Şimşek
- Interview with Mayor Osman Zolan
- Footage of tablet
- Footage of water fountains