Ancient hydraulic works

Knossos cistern

Use: Urban Water Supply
Construction era: Minoan-Cycladic
Types: Cistern
Operation era:
Location: Greece - Crete island - Knossos palace
  • Cadogan G., Water management in Minoan Crete, Greece: the two cisterns of one Middle Bronze Age settlement, Water Supply, 7(1), 103-112, 2007.
  • Andreas N. Aggelakis, Larry W. Mays, Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Nikos Mamassis: Evolution of Water Supply Technologies through the centuries in Crete, Greece, Evolution of Water Supply through the Millennia, London, 2012

The rainfall water was collected by large stone conduits and conveyed in the cisterns by terracotta pipes. The cisterns had cylindrical shape with diameter 1.5 to 7 m and depth 2.5 to 5 m. They were constructed with stones and they had at least one layer of hydraulic plaster through the bottom and the walls.

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