Water legend Ken Wright joins The Water Values Podcast for a discussion about paleohydrology. Ken’s studies of how ancient cultures used water over the last quarter century have shed tremendous light on how those cultures engineered their water infrastructure and planned for their water resources. This is a fascinating episode for anyone who is interested in history and how ancient cultures like the Inka (read Charles C. Mann’s 1491 to understand why I’m not spelling it “Inca”), Anasazi, Roman, ancient Thai, and Middle Eastern cultures, among others, related to their most important resource.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- Ken’s background and how his diverse experiences helped shape his career
- How the Inka used water at Machu Picchu and other sites in their civilization
- How the Inka and other cultures engineered their infrastructure
- How the Anasazi built and maintained their water infrastructure in the arid Southwest
- How ancient civilizations used simple design and sustainable practices
- How Ken and his team made population estimates based on water infrastructure
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Ken’s impressive CV
- Ken’s company, Wright Water Engineers
- Wright Paleo blog
- Wright Paleo PowerPoint on Roman Aqueducts
- University of Virginia thesis page for Paleohydrology of Inkan sites
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