Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Prehistoric water management & a Near East historic source

March, 2009 · Written by: John Tierney Print This Page This entry is part 22 of 34 in the Issue 01

Our recent excavations of prehistoric fulachta fiadh, structures and landscapes reveal people who were very engaged in managing water supply and onsite water sources - whether for drinking, large scale boiling or simply to provide dry ground underfoot. The data is there to show that people knew their river systems in great detail, they knew where standing groundwater was available at different times of the year and if it was not available where they could dig wells to find it at depth. It has recently been hypothesized by Niall Roycroft (Seanda, pg 34, 2008, Issue 3) that Bronze Age wells may have had shaduff-type superstructures.
Possible Bronze Age shaduff-type structure at Camlin
More information on Near Eastern water management and shaduff in particular can be found in Dr Zena Kamash’s Phd thesis recently uploaded to the Archaeological Data Services Archsearch database.

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