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Great Dam of Ma'rib

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jeffrey Becker Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Oct 13, 2022 06:09 PM History
The Great Dam of Ma'rib, which spanned the gorge of the Wâdî Dhana and fed a massive irrigation system dependent on the seasonal flooding (sayl) of the wadi, dates originally to the eighth century BCE and was connected with the Sabaean and Himyarite kingdoms around the ancient city of Ma'rib in modern Yemen. It is reported to have failed catastrophically in the 8th century CE, leading to the collapse of irrigation-dependent agriculture and a mass depopulation of the area.

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canal, dam, dike, levee

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Jeffrey Becker, Jérémie Schiettecatte, and Tom Elliott, 'Great Dam of Ma'rib: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2022 <> [accessed: 14 July 2024]

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