Comparative Water Technologies and Management: Pathways to Social Complexity and Environmental Change
UCL Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference | 15 & 16 April 2016
The Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2016 on 'Comparative Water Technologies and Management: Pathways to Social Complexity and Environmental Change' will take place at UCL on 15 & 16 April.
Sponsors: UCL Institute of Archaeology, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies
Venue: UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, South Wing, Wilkins Building
Water remains a vital
issue in human society. The goal of this conference is to examine, across a
variety of case studies, where new developments in social complexity can be
traced in parallel or in near time with technical developments in water
How did water technologies change or were changed
Did water technologies or developed social structures based on
these technologies lead to new forms of social complexity or political
organization such as government institutions or even catalyzed the formation of
In cases where these technologies or water management schemes
proved to lead to environmental vulnerability, what were the circumstances of
this and how did societies evolve after water systems and management degraded?
By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, this conference will explore how the use of water, managing skills, and strategies for long-term sustainability in the past and present can contribute to understanding water problems across time and what that teaches us about today’s water issues.
- Seasonality and Water Management
- Modelling Long-Term Change
- Myths and Reality of Sustainability
- Water Management and Community
interactions between landscape, environment and climate have always been the
central concern of staff at the Institute of Archaeology whose work in different parts of
the world have demonstrated diversified pathways to social complexity.
This proposed conference will provide an effective dialogue between Institute of Archaeology colleagues and experts from other institutions who work on both modern and ancient water technologies. This conference will thus further consolidate the Institite's research profile on ‘Landscape, Environment and Climate’ and foster potential collaborations and comparative studies.
The conference is intended to lead to an edited volume that is relevant to understanding how water has shaped our world in the past and its importance to understanding the present.
Programme & Paper Abstracts
This event is free but registration is required in advance. Please register via Eventbrite here»