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Water Technology At Gortyn In The 4th–7th C. A.D.: Transport, Storage And Distribution

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The technology used to secure supplies of urban drinking water can reveal much about the management of the natural landscape. Gortyn in Crete provides an exceptional case study, for the 4th?7th centuries A.D., due to the almost complete preservation of the city?s water system; this can be deduced from its spring-fed capture points, through transportation and storage structures, right up to its distribution outlets to the citizens. These fortunate circumstances allow us to analyse an evolving distribution system, and to study related changes in water use by the inhabitants of this Mediterranean provincial capital. This chapter presents data collected during a topographical survey of Gortyn and adjacent areas, which was undertaken in order to document all available archaeological evidence, and covered an area from the city centre towards the foothills of Mount Ida.

Keywords: Crete; Gortyn; Mediterranean; Mount Ida; water system



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