Water Engineering in the Ancient World: Archaeological and Climate Perspectives on Societies of Ancient South America, the Middle East, and by Charles R. OrtloffWater Engineering in the Ancient World: Archaeological and Climate Perspectives on Societies of Ancient South America, the Middle East, and by Charles R. Ortloff

Water Engineering in the Ancient World: Archaeological and Climate Perspectives on Societies of…

byCharles R. Ortloff

Hardcover | September 27, 2009

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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 truehydraulic/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 globalwarming 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.
Charles R. Ortloff is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago.
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Title:Water Engineering in the Ancient World: Archaeological and Climate Perspectives on Societies of…Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:September 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199239096

ISBN - 13:9780199239092

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Table of Contents

1. Ancient Pre-Columbian Peru, Bolivia, and Mesoamerica2. The Ancient Middle East3. Ancient South-East Asia4. Comparative Studies: Old and New World Hydraulics Technology Surveys5. Reflective Considerations