Water technology in ancient Egypt

Larry Mays

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15 Scopus citations


Throughout history humans have been fascinated with the Nile River, especially the Egyptian part of the Nile. The birth of this great civilization has been traced back to a time between 11,000 and 10,000 years ago. Around five thousand years ago this civilization started depending entirely on the Nile River and its annual inundation. This chapter traces the history of water engineering in ancient Egypt starting with the uses of water from the annual inundation of the Nile River for natural irrigation in the Predynastic period to the development of methodologies to advance the use of the Nile River for irrigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAncient Water Technologies
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789048186310
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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