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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Water and Power Conference

27th November 2009, 12:00 to 28th November 2009, 15:00, Kenworthy Room, St Mary's College

Hydraulic Management & Conflicts in the Ancient World

This conference will explore how the development of large territorial empires in the 1st millennium BC and AD allowed major systems of water supply and land drainage to develop and spread. It will focus on three themes in the development and spread of water systems in the Mediterranean, Middle East and NW Europe: legal and traditional practices of water management; the distribution of ancient systems of irrigation and how they relate to the later empires; and infrastructures of water supply, their use and spread.

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