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Roman irrigation system found in England

Construction work at Cambridge University has led to the discovery of an early Roman irrigation system which dates back between 70-120 A.D. "Our findings have unearthed zebra-like stripes of Roman planting beds that are encircled on their higher northern side by more deep pit wells," Mr Evans said. "The gully-defined planting beds

Arizona construction unearths Hohokam canal

An ancient canal built by the Hohokam people 1,500 years ago to irrigate their crops has been unearthed during Sky Train construction in Arizona. The network of canals belonged to the Hohokam people who settled in the area around A.D. 400 to 500. Knowledge of their existence is nothing new —

Ancient irrigation may have spread disease

Analysis of Nubian mummies from along the Nile suggests that the plague of schistosomiasis may have been spread due to irrigation techniques in place at the time they lived. About 25 percent of mummies in the study dated to about 1,500 years ago were found to have Schistosoma mansoni, a species

Water damage threatens ancient Babylon

Water damage from nearby irrigation systems and the Euphrates river is threatening what's left of ancient Babylon. The most immediate threat to preserving the ruins of Babylon, the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is water soaking the ground and undermining what is left in

Arizona dig reveals early irrigation practices

A 3,000 year old settlement with an extensive canal system has been discovered in Arizona. The settlement dates from at least 1200 B.C., during an era of Southwestern history archaeologists call the Early Agriculture Period. Positioned near the confluence of the Cañada del Oro, Rillito Creek and Santa Cruz River, research at