Water Reservoir supplied by Aqueduct
Wood store collected from local forest
Wood is burnt to produce hot water and warm air
Warm air circulates under the floors of the baths
Warm air travels up the wall flues of the rooms in the baths
Hot air from the furnace moved under the baths, through cellars known as a hypocaust, a forerunner of modern central heating. Hot, warm and cold water was provided for the different rooms in the baths:
The hot furnaces burnt wood to heat the baths complex and the water used by visitors. The fuel would have been chopped and collected from woodlands outside the city.
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