Ancient hydraulic works

Zakros cistern

Use: Urban Water Supply
Construction era: Minoan-Cycladic
Types: Cistern
Operation era:
Location: Greece - Crete island - 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 cistern at Zakros it’s estimated that is constructed in 1500BC. It’s a circular, uncovered cistern with 7 m diameter, which has constructed steps for cleaning and drawing purposes. There are beliefs that it was used to estimate the precipitation required for calculating enough water for agricultural products needed.

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