(7MelbourneInternational Conference on Geomorphology : "Ancient landscapes, modern perspectives" en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

The Horst of Sabzevar and regional water resources from the Bronze Age to the present day (Northeastern Iran)

published at : Geomorphology and geoarchaeology : cross-contribution. Geoarcheological session

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Univ. Paris 10, Inst. Univ. de France, EA 375 Gecko, UMR 8591, Nanterre, FRANCE
(2) Lab. Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041A ArScAn CNRS/ Paris 10/ Paris1, FRANCE
(3) Provincial Office of the Iranian Center for Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation, Bojnord, IRAN, REPUBLIQUE ISLAMIQUE D'


A regional geomorphological survey showed that the Plio-Quaternary horst of Sabzevar played a significant role in providing water in the whole area from the Bronze Age up to now and that the qanât system had developed at the Achaemenid period. At the back of the horst, a graben housing an important water table in its Quaternary alluvium has been found. Hydrological and geomorphological study shows that the overflowing of the water table provided a perennial flow. The archaeological data allow confirming these assumptions. The development of the qanât system then allowed irrigation of the whole hillfoot of the Sabzevar horst but in return provoked a lowering of the water table level, that massive pumping worsened



International Conference on Geomorphology : "Ancient landscapes, modern perspectives" No7, Melbourne , AUSTRALIE (06/07/2009 - 11/07/2009)

published at : Geodinamica acta / ISSN 0985-3111

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1987)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 23, no 5-6 [pp. 287-294]

Bibliographic references : 10 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 21088

Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.3166/ga.23.287-294

Tous droits réservés © Prodig - Bibliographie Géographique Internationale (BGI), 2011
Refdoc record number (ud4) : 24026423 : Permanent link - XML version
Powered by Pxxo