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Technology transfer or local invention ? A water collecting system in the northern arabian desert

Abstract : Water management is essential for survival in marginal environments such as the North Arabian desert. The present study examines strategies of water management near Dûmat al-Jandal, a major oasis at the edge of the Nafud. Through a synthesis of architectural, ceramic and geological data sets, we attempt to reconstruct the purpose and function of a water collecting system recently discovered in the desert margin of the oasis. We then compare this system with those found in other Arabian oases to understand theorigins and influences on the present system. We conclude that the closest comparable strategies of water management can be found in Northwestern Arabia, where Nabataean systems blended with local strategies.
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Céline Marquaire, Guillaume Charloux, Marianne Cotty, Romain Mensan, Ronald Schwerdtner. Technology transfer or local invention ? A water collecting system in the northern arabian desert. Louise Purdue, Julien Charbonnier, Lamya Khalidi. Des refuges aux oasis : vivre en milieu aride de la Préhistoire à aujourd’hui. XXXVIIIe rencontres internationales d’archéologie et d’histoire d’Antibes., APDCA, pp.251-268, 2018, 2-904110-60-7. ⟨halshs-02169588⟩

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