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FINDING INDIA’S WATER: HOW ANCIENT HISTORY AND CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD YIELD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Saturday 19 October: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, McDonald Seminar Room, Downing Street, CB2 3ER

India is changing. Rapid population growth, urbanisation and dwindling groundwater threaten future food security. With climate crisis looming large, there is an urgent need to steward water resources more sustainably to ensure the survival of future generations. Could combining ancient know-how with sophisticated technology provide the answer?

Archaeological exploration of ancient civilisations has unearthed vital clues about how changes in agricultural practices allowed societies to adapt and survive in response to urbanisation and environmental change. Sophisticated water mapping techniques and alternative cropping systems may give modern-day governments, farmers and communities, guided by knowledge from the past, the knowledge to use resources effectively.

The world has changed considerably from ancient times, and resource use is now intertwined with global trade. What lessons can we draw from the past to solve present day problems? Can the past guide cutting edge technology help us better use water resources to avoid disaster?

Archaeologist Dr Adam Green and engineer Dr Ettore Settanni explore how we might combine archaeological evidence with high-tech innovations. They will take us on a 5000-year journey charting changes in land and water use in Haryana and Punjab from the Bronze Age to the present.

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Age: 16+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free

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