UC anthropologist explains ingenious engineering of ancient China
UC professor emeritus Vernon Scarborough wrote about water management of Liangzhu
New Scientist highlighted the University of Cincinnati's analysis of the engineering feats of an ancient Chinese city called Liangzhu.
In an article titled "The civilization that time forgot," New Scientist wrote of the ancient city's extensive network of dams and reservoirs that controlled seasonal flooding.
Research suggests Liangzhu was eastern Asia's oldest state-based society. And its city infrastructure rivaled that of Egypt and Mesopotamia thousands of miles away.
"There's nothing in the world, from my vantage point, that is as monumental in terms of water management – or for that mater, any kind of management – that occurs so early in history," UC professor emeritus Vernon Scarborough told New Scientist.
Scarborough spent his career studying ancient civilizations around the world. He visited Liangzhu in 2017. He was struck by how the city had reshaped its floodplain to accommodate the city.
"It's an engineering landscape that is second to none, given its antiquity," Scarborough said.
Scarborough wrote about the water infrastructure of Liangzhu in 2017 for the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
"Liangzhu concentrates human-modified landscapes, productive resources, and the supporting labor responsible for the initiation of East Asia’s earliest known experiment in truly complex sociopolitical order," Scarborough wrote in his critical analysis that complemented a study of the 5,300-year-old city.
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