We can learn a lot from ancient civilizations about modern water management

Ancient cultures have constructed complex water management systems that included dams, catchment systems, underground cisterns and aqueducts. Image: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Craig A. Harvey

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Classics, Western University


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The Nabateans civilisation dug diversion tunnels to protect their capital of Petra against flash floods. Image: Sam McNeil

A segment of the Nabataean aqueduct in the Petra Siq, which brought water to the city. Image: John Oleson

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