Fountain house

A small fountain-house of Roman times providing fresh, drinkable water to the citizens was located at the NE edge of Same’s modern town.

The building consists of two vaulted chambers with a stone-built basin in each one of them, used for the collection and pumping of fresh water. Access to the basins was allowed through an ante-chamber lying in front of them. Carrying fresh water to the house was mainly a women’s job, while visiting the fountain-house gave women the chance to meet with each other and discuss. Fountain-houses at the same time served as resting places for travelers and city visitors.

The fountain house was possibly supplied with water from the aqueduct lying behind it.