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Clay Drain Pipe

Drain pipe, Palace at Knossos, Crete, 1800-1400BC, clay

The control of water resources and the provision of sanitation are always associated with power and administration. The Knossos drainage system still remains the most extensive and elaborate known from a Minoan site. It consists of clay pipes of various types and stone channels. The Knossos drainage system has excited people ever since it was discovered, at a time when municipal waterworks and modern sanitation were on everyone’s mind in Victorian England.

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