OLD AQUEDUCTS, RESERVOIRS, AND LOCKS AS OBJECTS OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
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OLD AQUEDUCTS, RESERVOIRS, AND LOCKS AS OBJECTS OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
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Authors
Olga Aleksandrovskaya 
Vera Shirokova
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136-153
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Water is a principal resource essential for life. Throughout history, meeting requirements for water consumed much of human ingenuity. Water had to be found, gathered, stored, and carefully used, particularly in arid regions where natural fresh water is in short supply. Hence even unappealing aqueducts possess important historical and cultural signifi cance, and museums need to engage in research and representation of different means of water usage and related structures. This essay provides illustrations (in both the literal and fi gurative senses) of some successful steps in this direction: the exhibitions devoted to the history of aqueducts and lock designs in the water museums of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the collection of original lock mechanisms from different time periods at the Agro-Ecology Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection in Israel; a series of ancient systems for water supply, preserved in Israel, Syria, and Turkey, that are part of either national parks or museums; an exposition of fragments of the Abstracts 203 earliest waterworks of Ancient Rus in the city museum in Veliky Novgorod, and so forth. The Institute for the History of Science and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences organized several special expeditions in 2002-2008 to study waterworks of the 18th and 19th centuries and help restore some of the damaged monuments of water management.
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01.07.2010
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