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Prehistoric water management & a Near East historic source

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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 ([2] Seanda, pg 34, 2008, Issue 3) that Bronze Age wells may have had [3] shaduff-type superstructures.
[4] 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 [5] thesis recently uploaded to the Archaeological Data Services Archsearch database.

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