Ancient hydraulic works

Tylissos cisterns

Use: Urban Water Supply
Construction era: Minoan-Cycladic
Types: Cistern
Operation era:
Location: Greece - Crete island
  • 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

It’s estimated that it was constructed in the period 1330-1200 BC. It has cylindrical shape with diameter about 5 m and depth 2.5 m and it has steps and plastered walls like Zakro and Archanes cisterns. A small tank cut out of stone was used to remove sediments and suspended solids from water. A small scaled outfall was calculate the rate of flow of the water and was channeled the overflow of the small tank to the main cistern.

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