Water Engineering in the Ancient World: Archaeological and Climate Perspectives on Societies of Ancient South America, the Middle East, and South-East
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Water Engineering in the Ancient World: Archaeological and Climate Perspectives on Societies of Ancient South America, the Middle East, and South-East

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ISBN-13:
9780199239092
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.10.2009
Seiten:
424
Autor:
Charles R. Ortloff
Gewicht:
885 g
Format:
234x157x30 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

1. Ancient Pre-Columbian Peru, Bolivia, and Mesoamerica; 2. The Ancient Middle East; 3. Ancient South-East Asia; 4. Comparative Studies: Old and New World Hydraulics Technology Surveys; 5. Reflective Considerations
Charles Ortloff provides a new perspective on archaeological studies of the urban and agricultural water supply and distribution systems of the major ancient civilizations of South America, the Middle East, and South-East Asia, by using modern computer analysis methods to extract the true hydraulic/hydrological knowledge base available to these peoples. His many new revelations about the capabilities and innovations of ancient water engineers force us to re-evaluate what was known and practised in the hydraulic sciences in ancient times. Given our current concerns about global warming and its effect on economic stability, it is fascinating to observe how some ancient civilizations successfully coped with major climate change events by devising defensive agricultural survival strategies, while others, which did not innovate, failed to survive.