A Hittite Dam

Anthony Loke at Old Testament Passion beat me to this abnormally interesting discovery.

A dam unearthed during excavation work in the northern Anatolian province of Çorum reveals that the dam construction techniques of the ancient past are similar to the techniques used today, according to archaeologists.
“We excavated the area but could not unearth the dam completely. This dam was built 3,250 years ago but with the same technique used today. They used clay instead of cement. It is important for us because even the Hittites understood 3,250 years ago that it was not possible to live in Anatolia without constructing a dam,” said Professor Aykut Çınaroğlu, who heads the excavations at Alacahöyuk.

It appears that Puda-Hepa, wife of Hattušili III, ordered the building of the dam. You can read the whole story at Hurriyet Daily News.

2 thoughts on “A Hittite Dam”

  1. See also this article from a few years ago:
    Combined geophysical survey of an ancient Hittite dam: new and old high-tech
    Erkul, Ercan ; Hüser, Andreas ; Stümpel, Harald
    in: A. Posluschny/K. Lambers/I. Herzog (eds.), Layers of Perception. Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Berlin, April 2–6, 2007. Koll. Vor- u. Frühgesch. 10 (Bonn 2008)

  2. Chuck,
    Thanks. I should have searched for something like this. As the article you reference indicates, much archeology news is not all that new. These appear to be are two different sites but the new-old technology theme persists.

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