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.
Research Article| January 23 2017
Hydro-technologies in the Minoan Era
A. N. Angelakis
1Institute of Crete, National Foundation for Agricultural Research (N.AG.RE.F.), 71307 Iraklion, Greece and Hellenic Union of Municipal Enterprises for Water Supply and Sewage, 41222 Larissa, Greece
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A. N. Angelakis; Hydro-technologies in the Minoan Era. Water Supply 1 July 2017; 17 (4): 1106–1120. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/ws.2017.006
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