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Title:Furrows in Africa: canals in the Americas?
Author:Widgren, MatsISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa (ISSN 1945-5534)
Volume:49
Issue:4
Pages:524-529
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:irrigation
canals
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/0067270X.2014.968389
Abstract:This brief comment argues that the use of the term furrow system for locally developed irrigation in Eastern Africa is misleading in an international comparative perspective. It is at odds with the terminology in irrigation engineering and also with the archaeological terminology used outside Eastern Africa. Internationally, the term canal is used for the artificial watercourses that bring water from the source to the field, while furrow irrigation refers to one specific way of applying water to the individual field. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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