Liveable planet lunchlezing - Leren van Oude Water Systemen
- donderdag 24 maart 2022
- Hybride: live in het van Steenis gebouw, room E0.04 en online in MS Teams
You are invited to join us for the eleventh lunch meeting of the Liveable Planet programme lunch series. This meeting will be a hybrid meeting: the meeting can be attended live in the van Steenis building E0.04 or online in MS Teams (see link at the bottom of this page).
Short introduction | all webcams on
Prof. Dr. Jan Kolen & Dr. Ir. Mark Driessen will take the stage for a short presentation, followed by an opportunity to discuss:
Learning from Ancient Water Systems
In this lunch talk Mark Driessen and Jan Kolen of the Faculty of Archaeology will reflect on this topic, starting from an archaeological case study: Udruh in southern Jordan (to be presented by Mark Driessen). The long-term development of innovative water management and agricultural systems around Udhruh – in the hinterland of Petra – turned the steppe into green oases for large parts of the first millennium. A second case study, about the changing perception and use of wetlands and (artificial) water bodies in the peat reclamation area of the Central Netherlands, will be discussed during a later lunch talk (Jan Kolen).
The lunch talk
In this lunch talk Mark Driessen and Jan Kolen of the Faculty of Archaeology will reflect on this topic, starting from archaeological and historical case studies. The long-term development of innovative water management and agricultural systems around Udhruh (southern Jordan) – in the hinterland of Petra – turned the steppe into green oases for large parts of the first millennium.
In the peat reclamation area of the Central Netherlands (c. 1400-2000 AD) people experienced the opposite. The peat reclamation created large water bodies and wetlands that were initially seen as unsustainable and unproductive, whereas their value and function changed positively after c. 1900 AD – illustrating that what is “sustainable” is not a given but depends on the social and economic system and cultural context.
Liveable communities – Liveable Planet
The Liveable Planet programme is one of the eight interdisciplinary programmes that were launched at Leiden University in 2020
Leiden’s Liveable Planet programme aims to combine scientific, policy, socio-cultural and historical/archaeological research at Leiden University into coherent research with which we can tackle the major challenges of a transition to a habitable planet with ecological sustainability. The programme will serve as a hub for the wide range of relevant research carried out within Leiden University and welcomes interaction with colleagues interested in contributing to the initiative within as well as outside of Leiden University.