Andrea Ricci

Mil Plain, Azerbaijan: Ancient water management

This report summarizes the systematic fieldwork of summer 2012 to investigate various forms of ancient and historical water management in the Mil Plain (southwest Azerbaijan). The “Irrigating the Steppe Project” has relied on analysis of historical and modern remote sensing data to map landscape features. In the field, mainly two areas of investigation (Qala Tepe and surroundings; Ören Qala and surroundings), were central. Here, intensive archaeological survey strategies were implemented to document water-related features, including canals and qanats, and associated settlements. To the west of the site of Ören Qala, a trench into one of the major canals, that is still preserved, could be excavated.