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Waterworks through time

In a nutshell

In this activity we explore the water monuments that may exist in our region.

Our objectives

In this activity you will:

  • Explore the construction and decoration of a water monument found in your town/city/region
  • Explore the local cultural heritage (monuments) related to water
  • Get to know the rich diversity of water monuments in the Mediterranean region

Things to use

Notebook and pens

Water-readings

People around the Mediterranean appreciated the value of water since the ancient times and constructed lavish structures for the collection, storage and distribution of water.

The decorative elements of the water works are of great importance; very often, have a symbolic “hidden” meaning, conveying the key-message “water is precious”.

In the past, the fountain, , or the public tap of a town were at the heart of its social life and its trading activities.

Stop and wonder

Water monuments of our city

  • Is there any water monument in your city e.g.at the park or town square,  or in the old city center?
  • What is it? A fountain, remnants of an aqueduct, an old reservoir?

Over millennia, the rich know-how  for the management  of water resources in the Mediterranean region was “transferred” between civilizations, from one to another, evolving with new technologies, techniques and practices. The remnants of this water heritage, such as , wells, canals, dams, aqueducts, reservoirs are considered as monuments of invaluable importance today.

Actually, this heritage is an inexhaustible source of inspiration of technology, science and art. It conceals possibilities of forgotten models of existence previously thought to be sound and self evident.

The HYDRIA project

The HYDRIA project uses water as a “vehicle” to unfold this diverse, yet common, tangible and Mediterranean cultural heritage related to water.  The HYDRIA webpage  presents 36 cases of water works around the Mediterranean (cisterns, aqueducts, qanats, watermills, etc.)  not only explaining how these water works were, or still, are functioning but presenting information about the people (history, civilisations, local culture, etc) and the landscape within which the monuments were built.  You can access HYDRIA at  www.hydriaproject.info

 

Play & learn

Water monuments

Observe the photos of historical water works coming from: Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta. Can you figure out the type of water monument: parts of an aqueduct, tap or spring, a cistern? Can you guess the country of origin?











Group activity

Investigating a water monument

  1. Visit a water monument i.e. a fountain, an aqueduct, etc. Take photos of the monument from different ancles.
  2. What is its location? Observe the surroundings.
  3. Where does the water come from? Where does it go? Who was/is using it?
  4. What are its decorative details?  Do an internet search about the symbols of decoration in fountains, or ask an expert.
  5. When was it built? By whom? Are there any inscriptions on it?
  6. Has it been restored or moved? Ask about the older people about how it was used in the past.
  7. Find old pictures of the monument. Has it changed? How?

Don’t forget to fill in the worksheet!

Water shares


Water meter

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