is a mechanical engineer by discipline, who took early retirement from
|Title:||A POSSIBLE ROMAN TIDE MILL|
the years from 1988 to 1992 a massive building development within
archaeologists the opportunity to explore the lower valley of the River
They found two hitherto unknown islands on the east side of the Fleet
that during the early Roman period were developed and used for
purposes. The archaeologists have proposed that a tide-mill existed on
northern island. No tide-mills have ever been found in the Roman world
before 600 A.D.
An examination of the archaeological archives has facilitated a detailed analysis of the Roman structures and artificial channels and concludes that a possible tide-mill operated on the north island. A theoretical tidal profile has been generated that has been used to determine realistic diurnal and lunar mill power-generation cycles. This has provided enlightenment on the impact of tidal regression in the second century A.D. supporting the theory of abandonment of tidal power in the Fleet estuary. On the east bank of the estuary a major Roman landscape feature, the purpose of which was not determined, has been re-examined and identified as an aqueduct, probably built to provide water-power for grain milling close to Londinium. Its interaction with the tide-mill has been explored.
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