Dr. Amanda Kelly (Assistant Professor, School of Archaeology & Beijing Dublin International College, University College Dublin), "The Aqueducts of the Greater Knossos Region"
In the early 20th century, Sir Arthur Evans remarked, while observing a Roman pipeline approaching the Minoan palace of Knossos, that the Roman and Venetian aqueducts conducted water from a spring in the foothills of Mount Juktas, and he contended that the Minoans were capable of the same. In short, Evans envisaged a continuity of long-distance water exploitation from the Bronze Age through to the early modern era. Our proposed survey will test his conjecture by examining three aqueducts traversing the valleys leading northwards from the foothills of Mount Juktas.
Fieldwork will target a Roman channel from the Fundana springs; a Venetian line from Arkhanes; and a 19th century supply which partly adhered to the earlier trajectories. The combined survey approach will provide a new perspective on past abilities to collect, manage and conduct water over long distances. The resulting data will inform our understanding of life at Roman Knossos, while feeding into studies of Venetian and later Herakleion, and underpin policy for the protection of these ancient hydraulic systems.