Monday, October 30, 2023

Shushtar Hydraulic Water System

 Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System Ancient Hydraulics 

Perhaps one of the greatest technological feats of the early Persian civilization was the Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System. This highly complex system has been referred to as "a masterpiece of creative genius" and declared a world heritage site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). This historical site is probably best described as a hydraulic super factory! Its infrastructure is made up of watermills, dams, tunnels, canals, pools, and waterfalls and at one time powered up to 40 watermills in the surrounding area. What makes Shushtar so advanced and unique was that several cultures have helped advance it through out the ages from the early Persians, Romans, all the way back to Darius The Great, an Achaemenian king of Iran. This remains to be seen as one of the greatest exchanges of hydraulic engineering and its application throughout antiquity.