Apparently the Romans had started to construct an aqueduct but somehow
had miscalculated the contours so that the channel didn't reach the
intended source. This made Bill think that they were taking water from
the River Frome which was apparently uncharacteristic as river water
wouldn't be clean enough was a water source.
Bill discovered a channel higher up the valley side that hugged the
contours so much that it followed deep into the side valleys. The
length of the channel was thus considerable longer than first
He finally found evidence that the Romans had a dammed a side valley
at Frampton where the aqueduct finally terminated. Apparently there
was evidence that at some point the dam had been breached. Near to
this dam there is evidence of a small fort which Bill presumed housed
the soldiers when they built the dam.
The II Legion, or their auxillia, were adept at water management, and
marine engineering, as we can see at various locations along the south
On 10/21/15, Peter Laurie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> As I understand the continuing story from Bill's students, the source of
> the water moved up the valley each digging season....
> But Bill was a great guy. His book 'The Treasure of Rennes le Chateau' -
> a demolition of the 'Holy Blood and the Holy Grail' - was a terrific
> piece of work. Calm, thorough, unshakeable.