Climate Variability Impact on the Water Resources of Ancient Andean Civilizations

by Kenneth R. Wright, (F.ASCE),
John A. Dracup, (F.ASCE),
Jonathan M. Kelly,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The great ancient empires of South America used corporate irrigated agriculture with centralized control to help hold far-flung domains together. The Inca empire, larger in area than that of Alexander the Great, went a step further and constructed highly visible and architecturally attractive grain storehouses throughout the land. The storehouses provided for year-to-year carryover of foodstuff.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Climate change | Irrigation | Irrigation water | Architecture | Grain (material) | Agriculture | South America | Central America

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