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Diachronic investigation of the irrigation systems of Salut

The plain around the site of Salut is crossed by different networks of irrigation channels, many of them still being clearly visible on the surface, and a few still in use.
The issue of irrigation in the ancient times is of paramount importance in the archaeology of South Eastern Arabia, specifically for what concerns the date of the first introduction of the so called falaj system.
To try and collect data likely to shed some light on this problem, surveys in the wide area around Salut are being carried on by the archaeologists of IMTO in collaboration with geologists from the Department of Earth Science of the University of Milan.
Along with surveys, sampling of calcareous concretions from the irrigation channels, whose date is difficult to ascertain, and of potsherds possibly associated with them are being collected.