Hydro-technologies in the Minoan Era

Published: 17. April 2017
Category: Technical and Environmental Sciences
Author: Andreas N. Angelakis

Abstract

Significant characteristics of the Minoan civilization were: (a) their peaceful living with their environment and neighbors (although the Minoans dominated in the Mediterranean for almost two millennia, in none of the numerous wars and/or conflicts that occurred in the region were they directly or indirectly involved) and (b) technological developments that are unprecedented in world history, as shown by the numerous paradigms on water resources technologies used and water, wastewater, and stormwater management. These paradigms are relevant to water supply, fountains, cisterns used to store rainwater or spring water, aqueducts, dams, wells, water treatment systems, baths and toilets, sewerage and drainage systems, irrigation and drainage of agricultural land, and water use for recreation. Significant hydrologic and hydraulic achievements in Minoan Crete are considered and discussed.

Key words: aqueducts, baths and toilets, cisterns, dams, irrigation and drainage, wells

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Hydro-technologies in the Minoan Era

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