27 Sep '16, 2pm

2,000-year-old forgotten irrigation system unearthed at ancient Petra gardens

2,000-year-old forgotten irrigation system unearthed at ancient Petra gardens

The archaeological study found a shaft nearly 33-feet-deep that would have led water from the aqueduct system to the pool level. Also uncovered during recent excavations were a series of underground channels that controlled rainwater runoff, illustrating that the sophisticated system was just as functional as it was decadent. Maximizing Jordan’s sparse rains by collecting water, storing it, and routing it where it was needed (or wanted) shows a more complex engineering feat than would be expected for a 2,000-year-old civilization, and archaeologists are still working to unearth more secrets of the ancient garden site.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/2000-year-old-forgotten-irrigation-s...

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