Ancient Water Technologies

  • L. Mays

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Aldo Tamburrino
    Pages 29-51
  3. Larry W. Mays
    Pages 53-65
  4. Mahdi Moradi-Jalal, Siamak Arianfar, Bryan Karney, Andrew Colombo
    Pages 87-102
  5. Larry W. Mays
    Pages 115-137
  6. Benoît Haut, Didier Viviers
    Pages 139-169
  7. Larry W. Mays, Yuri Gorokhovich
    Pages 171-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 241-280

About this book


There is no more fundamental resource than water. The basis of all life, water is fast becoming a key issue in today’s world, as well as a source of conflict. This fascinating book, which sets out many of the ingenious methods by which ancient societies gathered, transported and stored water, is a timely publication as overextraction and profligacy threaten the existence of aquifers and watercourses that have supplied our needs for millennia.

It provides an overview of the water technologies developed by a number of ancient civilizations, from those of Mesopotamia and the Indus valley to later societies such as the Mycenaeans, Minoans, Persians, and the ancient Egyptians. Of course, no book on ancient water technologies would be complete without discussing the engineering feats of the Romans and Greeks, yet as well as covering these key civilizations, it also examines how ancient American societies from the Hohokams to the Mayans and Incas husbanded their water supplies. This unusually wide-ranging text could offer today’s parched world some solutions to the impending crisis in our water supply.


Groundwater Water supply ancient civilizations ancient water systems ecosystem water history water sustainability water technology

Editors and affiliations

  • L. Mays
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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