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Ancient Engineering Feat

Current excavations at Shringaverapura, in Uttar Pradesh, have brought to light a huge, well-preserved water tank about 800 feet long. At its widest point, the tank is about 60 feet wide and 12 feet deep. The entire complex in brick-lined and includes a large settling tank for water diverted from the River Ganga. During the dry season, additional water was supplied from a series of dug wells. This immense system of channels, walls, access stairways, etc. is about 2,000 years old.

(Lal, B.B.; "A 2,000-Year-Old Feat of Hydraulic Engineering in India," Archaeology, 38:48, January/February 1985.)

From Science Frontiers #38, MAR-APR 1985. � 1985-2000 William R. Corliss